Luce Scholars

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.

Students apply directly to Luce Scholars. The SRC is available to advise.


US Citizen or Permanent Resident

Graduating seniors, recent graduates, or young professionals under the age of 32, or no more than three years out from receiving bachelor’s degree

As of 2022, candidates who majored in Asian Studies are now eligible to apply (a change from previous years!)

Candidates who have spent 18 weeks or more (since beginning college) in one of the Luce-placement countries are eligible to apply to be placed in a country where they do not have significant experience

Deadline: October 1, 11:59pm ET