Luce Scholars Program

Please note, this program is on pause for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The Luce Scholars 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. The Luce Scholars Program stresses personal and work experience and consists of a one-year professional apprenticeship in Asia in order to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society. The intent of the program is to provide an immersion experience in Asia for an outstanding group of young Americans who would not otherwise have the opportunity to come to know Asia intimately. Students interested in the Luce should contact Lauren Tuckley.


  • Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants are ineligible if they have had significant prior exposure to East and Southeast Asia Studies. Applicants may not have spent more than 18 weeks since graduating high school in one or more countries where Luce Scholars are placed. 
  • Applicants should be seniors or recent alumni, but must not be older than 29 when the program begins.

Application process

Learn more about the application process on the Luce website and contact Lauren Tuckley to join the CRF’s Luce listserv. To be considered for internal nomination, the following materials must be submitted to the CRF by a TBD deadline:

  • Online Application Form
  • Academic transcripts for all institutions of higher education
  • Four letters of recommendation
  • A photo – simple head shot to facilitate in-person interviews

The University will nominate up to three candidates to the Henry Luce Foundation. The Luce Foundation interviews applicants, selecting 15-18 winners from a group of 45 finalists.


University Endorsement Deadline: TBD

External Fellowship Deadline: TBD

For more information, contact the CRF at

Learn about other fellowships in Asia in the Asia Opportunity Guide.

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