Luce Scholars Program

Internal Application Deadline: October 11, 2018

Open to:  Seniors and recent graduates
Award Type: Professional
Area(s) of study: All fields except Asian Studies
Award criteria: leadership; interest in cultural exchange
Award provides: One year of professional experience and language training in Asia, arranged individually for each student, based on his or her specific interests, background, and qualifications.
Open to international students: No

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Be younger than 30 at the time the program begins
  • Not already have significant experience in Asia or in Asian studies (Asian studies majors and those who have spent more than 12 weeks in Asia are not eligible)
  • Have earned at least a bachelor’s degree prior to entering the program

The Luce Scholars Program, established by the Henry Luce Foundation as part of their mission to increase understanding and interaction between Asia and the West, provides a one-year work experience in East or Southeast Asia. The program is directed at recent graduates and young professionals from a wide range of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity to come to know the region. Applicants are evaluated on outstanding capacity for leadership, record of high achievement, maturity, and a clearly defined career path with relevant previous experience, coursework, and/or activities and demonstrated evidence of potential for significant professional accomplishments. Personal qualities such as flexibility, adaptability, creativity, humility, openness to new ideas, and sensitivity to cultural differences are as important as academic achievement. For more information, visit

Application Components:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • 4 letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts

If you are interested in applying, download the application procedures.

Make an appointment with a National Scholarships and Fellowships Program advisor. We will help you determine your eligibility and, if you choose to apply, provide feedback on your application. Applicants may not apply directly, but must secure institutional nomination through our office.