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 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. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program.


Candidates will be chosen without regard to sex, race, religion, marital status, or need. Candidates may be graduating seniors, recent graduates, or young professionals under the age of 32 or, no more than three years out from receiving a bachelor’s degree. 

Candidates should have a minimum GPA of 3.5 for their undergraduate work and must receive their bachelor's degree by July 1st of the year the program begins.

Candidates who have majored in Asian Studies are now eligible to apply. 

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


The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year.


Application materials and specific eligibility criteria are available on the LUCE Scholars website.


Applications open annually in mid-June. Deadlines are typically mid-October. Additional information is available on the LUCE Scholars Website.   


Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate
  • Graduate


  • Multiple


  • English
  • Non English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Professional
  • Public Service


  • Asia

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