The Vilcek Prize for Excellence

The Vilcek Prize for Excellence

The Vilcek Prize for Excellence, introduced in 2019, is awarded to immigrants who have had a significant impact on both American society and world culture, or to individuals who are dedicated champions of immigrant causes. 

The recipients are nominated by founders Jan and Marica Vilcek and confirmed by the foundation’s board of directors; the Vilcek Prize for Excellence is awarded according to merit, and therefore may not be conferred every year. This prize includes a $100,000 cash award and is presented at an awards ceremony in New York City.

The Vilcek Foundation regrets that, due to staffing limitations, it cannot respond to unsolicited nominations.

2019 Vilcek Prize for Excellence in Art History

The inaugural Vilcek Prize for Excellence is awarded to art historian and curator Carmen C. Bambach. Learn more about her world-renowned work.

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  • 2019 Vilcek Prizewinners

    Congratulations to the remarkable biomedical scientists and culinary artists who have been awarded the 2019 Vilcek Foundation Prizes! Learn more about their incredible accomplishments.



  • 2020 Creative Promise Prizes

    Are you or is someone you know eligible for a 2020 Creative Promise Prize in Biomedical Science or Literature? Check eligibility requirements and apply today!





  • 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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