The Vilcek Foundation will award three Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise of $50,000 each to young, immigrant designers who demonstrate outstanding early achievement in design.
Who Should Apply
You were born outside the United States to non-American parents
You are not more than 38 years old
You have 5 years of professional experience in design and possess a strong track record of creative and high-caliber work
Why Should You Apply
Unrestricted cash prize of $50,000 is awarded to each prizewinner
Reflect on how your experience as an immigrant has shaped your success
Receive an invaluable endorsement from leaders in your field
Receive a comprehensive public relations campaign to promote you and your work
Digital design: experience design, game design, information design/data visualization, interaction design, software design, systems design, etc.
Graphic design: branding, communication design, identity, packaging design, etc.
Product design: furniture design, industrial design, lighting design, materials design, transportation design, etc.
Social design: ecological design, equitable design, inclusive design, service design, sustainable design, etc.
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 who 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 at least 5 years of professional experience in design.
Have completed at least 3 implemented, professional solo or collective design projects.
Not be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate degree program (Exceptions may apply for some doctoral students who will complete their program this year).
Intend to pursue a career in the United States.
Not be a past recipient of the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in any category.