The Vilcek Foundation allocates $150,000 for 2023

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The Vilcek Foundation has announced that in 2023 it will award three Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. The foundation has allocated $150,000 to support the awards, which honor the work of immigrant scientists in the United States.

In 2023, the Vilcek Foundation will award three Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Sciences of $50,000 each. The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise recognize immigrant scientists whose early-career work represents a significant contribution to their field or a demonstrable impact on science and society.

The Vilcek Awards for Creative Promise are part of the Vilcek Foundation Awards Program. Awarded annually since 2006, the Vilcek Foundation Prizes are awarded in biomedical sciences and in a rotating category of arts and humanities. The awards recognize and celebrate the contributions of immigrants to the United States and extol the value of immigration for intellectual and scientific advancement.

“The United States has long been a stronghold for scientific research and discovery,” said Jan Vilcek, president and CEO of the Vilcek Foundation. “Here, scientists have the freedom to pursue research they are passionate about and to collaborate with people from some of the best scientific institutions in the world. With the Creative Promise Awards, we aim to recognize and support young, foreign-born scientists at a pivotal time in their careers.

The Vilcek Foundation is calling for entries for the 2023 awards. Further details can be found below and on the Vilcek Foundation website at vilcek.org.

Past recipients of the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Sciences have gone on to become leading researchers in their respective fields. Recipients include biophysicist Ibrahim Cissé, neuroscientist Viviana Gradinaru, evolutionary biologist Harmit Malik, computational biologist Pardis Sabeti and molecular biologist Feng Zhang.

Eligibility Details and Application Requirements

To be eligible for a Vilcek Award for Creative Promise in Biomedical Sciences, applicants must hold a PhD and be a principal investigator at an accredited academic institution or scientific research organization.

Applicants must be born outside the United States to non-US parents and live and work in the United States. DACA recipients, asylum seekers and asylum seekers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be born on or after January 1, 1984. Exceptions will be made for applicants born on or after January 1, 1982 who have experienced career breaks due to care, medical, military or parental leave.

Nominations for the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Sciences will be accepted until June 10, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Full application details and eligibility requirements are available at the Vilcek Foundation and online at vilcek.org.

Individuals with questions about the application process or the Vilcek Foundation Awards Program should direct their questions to Program Director Shinnie Kim at [email protected]

The Vilcek Foundation

The Vilcek Foundation raises awareness of the contributions of immigrants to the United States and promotes appreciation of the arts and sciences. The foundation was established in 2000 by Jan and Marica Vilcek, immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia. The foundation’s mission – to honor the contributions of immigrants to the United States and, more broadly, to foster appreciation of the arts and sciences – was inspired by the couple’s respective careers in biomedical sciences and the history of the art. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded more than $6.4 million in awards to foreign-born individuals and supported organizations with more than $5.6 million in grants.

The Vilcek Foundation is a privately operating foundation, a nonprofit organization exempt from federal income tax under IRS section 501(c)(3).


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