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Prizes to USA Immigrant Biomedical Scientists in Honor of Exceptional Early Achievement

Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science


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Deadline: 06/12/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Prizes of $50,000 to USA immigrant biomedical scientists in honor of exceptional achievement early in their careers. Prize money is intended for young biomedical scientists associated with an academic institution or other organization. Eligible applicants have conducted independent and creative research in translational, applied, or basic biomedical science.

The Vilcek Foundation will award three Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise of $50,000 each to young, immigrant biomedical scientists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. 

Eligible biomedical science categories:

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biophysics
  • Cancer research
  • Cell biology
  • Chemical biology
  • Computational biology
  • Developmental biology
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics/molecular genetics
  • Human disease
  • Immunology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Metabolism/Endocrinology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology
  • Stem cell research
  • Virology


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must:
- Have been born outside the United States of America to non-American parents.
- Not be more than 38 years old as of December 31, 2023 (born on or after January 1, 1985). Exceptions will be made for applicants who were born between January 1, 1983, and December 31, 1984 and experienced career interruptions due to caregiving, medical, military or parental leave.
- Have lived in the United States for at least 4 years (or immigrated to the United States on or before December 31, 2019).
- Be one of the following: a naturalized citizen or a permanent resident of the United States; an H-1B or O-1 visa holder with a valid visa stamp; a H-4 visa holder with a valid EAD card; a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) relief; an asylee or an asylum seeker who has applied for asylum and has a valid EAD card.
- Have earned a doctoral degree (MD, PhD, or equivalent).
- Hold a full-time position at an academic institution or other organization. Eligible positions include: assistant or associate professor, or equivalent independent position.
- Be directly responsible for the design and execution of the entire work submitted for consideration
- Have at least one publication as corresponding author.
- Intend to pursue a professional career in the United States.
- Not be a past recipient of the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise.

If you are in the process of applying for DACA or finalizing the application for a green card and expect to have the proper documentation by August 2023, please contact the funding source before submitting your application.

Applicants in the process of becoming a permanent resident are eligible. Please contact the funding source for further instructions.

The funding source does not accept applications from individuals born in the U.S. territories, nor from U.S. citizens who were born overseas but are American by birth.

Pre-Application Information
Submit a completed application by 5:00pm ET, June 12, 2023.

The winners of the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science will be notified in September 2023. Prizewinners will be invited to attend the Vilcek Foundation’s prizewinner event in New York City in the spring of 2024. Travel expenses and accommodations will be covered by the foundation.

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For questions related to your DACA, green card, or permanent resident status, contact the funding source at

Vilcek Foundation
21 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021
Phone: 212.472.2500

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