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Vilcek Foundation invites immigrant scientists to apply for $50K award

Candidates 38 years old or younger will be considered for the prize. The foundation will announce the winners in early 2025.

The foundation will announce the winners in early 2025. / Image- Vilcek Foundation

The Vilcek Foundation has announced an open call for applications from early career immigrant scientists for its  2025 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Science. 

The foundation will award three early career scientists who have contributed significantly to their field with a prize of $50,000  each. Applications will be accepted till June 10, 2024, 5:00pm ET.

Eligible candidates should have been born outside the United States to non-American parents, and must have lived and worked in the United States for at least four years. They should also have a doctoral degree and must currently be employed as a principal investigator with an academic institution or an accredited scientific research organization. 

Candidates 38 years old or younger will be considered for the prize. The foundation will announce the winners in early 2025. 

“More than 40% of all United States–based Nobel Prize winners are immigrants. From breakthroughs on the development of mRNA therapeutics to the development of CRISPR technologies for gene editing, foreign-born scientists are leading the way in research and development in the United States,” said Vilcek Foundation President Rick Kinsel.

“By recognizing young immigrant scientists with the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise, we provide meaningful support to researchers, and we help to raise awareness of the value of immigration for science, medicine, and society more broadly,” he added.

The prize are given annually in honor of Vilcek Foundation chairman and CEO Jan Vilcek, an immunologist and biomedical research scientist who immigrated to the United States in 1965 from the former Czechosolavakia. Vilcek was instrumental in the development of Infliximab, an important biologic anti-inflammatory drug used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune disorders.

Since its establishment in 2006, the foundation annually recognises immigrants with prizes under two categories: in biomedical science, and in an area of the arts and humanities. “The Vilcek Foundation Prizes celebrate the importance of immigration for a robust society, and recognize the profound impact that immigrant professionals have on arts and culture, and on biomedical research and development in the United States,” an official statement noted.
 

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