Luce Scholars Program

The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia.

The program is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia.

Awards website:

Campus Contact/ Application Process/ This Year's Deadline:

Applicants must receive a campus nomination. In order to be considered for one, applicants should submit the application, available at the Luce Program website, electronically to Maureen Reed (  Four letters of recommendation (representing a range of professional and academic experiences) should also be submitted (directly to Maureen Reed).  Potential applicants are encouraged to work with Maureen Reed in advance of this campus deadline.  These applications will be reviewed by a campus committee. Nominated applicants will work with Maureen Reed on submitting the final application to the Luce Scholars Program before November. 


Faculty Representative: Karen Gross, Dept. of English


Candidates must be U.S. citizens who, by July 1 of the year they enter the program, will have received at least a bachelor’s degree and will not have reached their 30th birthday.  Candidates with graduate degrees are eligible.

Typical Deadline:

October for campus nomination