The Vilcek Prizes

The Vilcek Prizes

The Vilcek Prizes are awarded annually to immigrants who have made lasting contributions to American society. Two prizes are awarded, one in biomedical science and one in a rotating category of the arts and humanities; this year, the arts and humanities prize recognizes immigrant accomplishments in the culinary arts. (Previous categories include music, film, architecture, literature, dance, contemporary music, design, fashion, theatre, and fine arts.)

Vilcek Prizewinners receive a $100,000 cash award and a trophy, uniquely designed for each winner by Stefan Sagmeister. The foundation presents the Vilcek Prizes in an awards ceremony each spring in New York City.

2019 Vilcek Prizes

The recipients of the 2019 Vilcek Prizes exemplify the broad range of immigrant contributions to American society. Learn more about biomedical researcher Angelika Amon and chef Marcus Samuelsson.

Angelika Amon >

Marcus Samuelsson >


Selection Process

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.



  • Press Information

    Press kits and images for publication are available only for the purpose of media coverage of the Vilcek Foundation. All published images must be accompanied by a credit line and copyright information. Please email for information.


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