The Vilcek Prizes
The Vilcek Foundation awards the Vilcek Prizes annually to immigrants who have made lasting contributions to American society through their extraordinary achievements in biomedical research and the arts and humanities. Two prizes are awarded, one in biomedical research and one in the arts and humanities, in a field designated by the foundation. In 2017, the Vilcek Prizes were awarded in fine arts (previously: architecture, music, film, culinary arts, literature, dance, contemporary music, design, fashion, and theatre).
The 2018 Vilcek Prizes for the Arts will be awarded in architecture. Applications for the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science and Architecture are now open. Learn more about next year's prizes.
Vilcek Prizewinners each receive $100,000 and a trophy, uniquely designed for each winner by Stefan Sagmeister. The foundation presents the Vilcek Prizes in an awards ceremony held in early spring in New York City.
The foundation appoints nominators, experts in their fields, and asks them to submit the names of potential award winners to two juries, one composed of medical researchers, and the other, experts in the cultural discipline under consideration for the current year. Each jury selects one award winner and submits its recommendation to the Vilcek Foundation’s Board of Directors for final approval.
The Vilcek Foundation regrets that, due to staffing limitations, it cannot respond to unsolicited nominations.
The Vilcek Prize
Our commemorative prizes are each uniquely designed by Austrian-born designer Stefan Sagmeister, a testament to the individual achievements of each prizewinner. Watch a behind-the-scenes video on how the Vilcek Prize is made.
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