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Luce Scholars Program

Application Deadline: October 14, 2024

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
Institutional Support or Endorsement Required: No

  • Be younger than 32 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 24 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 form
  • Personal statement
  • 4 letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts




  • Kadiata Sy (‘15C), Political Sciences; Middle Eastern & South Asian Studies 


  • Kyle Niezgoda (‘14C), Environmental Science; Mathematics


  • Nicholas Thompson (‘13C), Music; Biology


If you are interested in learning more about the application process and recommended timeline, visit our main Canvas course.

If you are not currently enrolled in our Canvas course, you may self enroll.
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