Xiaowei Zhuang

2020 Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science

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Edwidge Danticat

2020 Vilcek Prize in Literature

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Martin Jonikas

2020 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

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Valeria Luiselli

2020 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature

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Mission

The Vilcek Foundation raises awareness of immigrant contributions in America and fosters appreciation of the arts and sciences.

We honor foreign-born artists, scientists, and advocates of immigrant rights living and working in the United States for their outstanding contributions to society.

Prizes

Vilcek Foundation Prizes

Awarded annually, the Vilcek Foundation Prizes honor immigrants for extraordinary contributions in the arts and sciences.

 

LEARN ABOUT THE PRIZES

2020 Vilcek Foundation Prizewinners

Nine prizes totaling $600,000 are being awarded to immigrant scientists, writers, and advocates of immigrant rights including Harvard’s Xiaowei Zhuang, author Edwidge Danticat, and the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann.

MEET THE 2020 PRIZEWINNERS

Art

Still Life with Dial

1922 Stuart Davis

Mont Sainte-Victoire

c. 1927 Marsden Hartley

Black Package

1965 Christo

Bomber

1944 Ralston Crawford

Penumbra

2007-2010 Neri Oxman

Women and Trees

1911 Max Weber

News

Awarded annually, the Vilcek Foundation Prizes honor the outstanding contributions of immigrants in the sciences and the arts.
Literary luminary Edwidge Danticat is announced as the recipient of the 2020 Vilcek Prize for Literature. Rising stars Yaa Gyasi, Valeria Luiselli, and Jenny Xie are the recipients of Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Literature
Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann is the recipient of the 2020 Vilcek Prize for Excellence in recognition of his outstanding career in public service and his commitment to broadening access to legal representation for immigrants in need.
Nine prizes totaling $600,000 are being awarded to immigrant scientists and writers, including Harvard’s Xiaowei Zhuang and author Edwidge Danticat; Prize for Excellence awarded to the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann.
$250,000 in Vilcek Foundation Prizes awarded to Xiaowei Zhuang, Kivanç Birsoy, Viviana Gradinaru, and Martin Jonikas.
December 19, 2019

2019 Year in Review

Take a look back at our favorite moments of 2019—from introducing new prizes, opening our new headquarters for an inaugural exhibition, to some of our favorite clicks of the year.
The Vilcek Foundation’s first cookbook, A Place at the Table: New American Recipes from the Nation’s Top Foreign-Born Chefs, is the winner of the 2020 Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the United States Cuisine category.