Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Luce Scholars Program

About the Luce Scholars Program

Individualized professional placement in Asia for future leaders with limited exposure to Asia.
A Luce scholarship supports cultural immersion and work rather than study; it funds students who have had limited exposure to Asia to live and work in one of over 15 Asian countries for a year. The Henry Luce Foundation was first established in honor of Luce’s parents, missionary educators in China, and the Foundation began the Luce Scholars program in 1974 to “enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society.” Successful applicants receive individualized placement based on their interests and career plans; these have included organizations ranging from public health programs to architecture firms to TV networks to agricultural and environmental centers. The Luce Foundation considers this scholarship to be cultural and experiential and, as such, places great emphasis on traits such as “flexibility, adaptability, creativity, humility, openness to new ideas, and sensitivity to cultural differences” in equal measure to academic achievement. Luce Scholars are selected as future leaders of the United States and must demonstrate exceptional, sustained evidence of leadership.

Special Location of award, if applicable: Asia

Eligible applicants:

• are rising seniors or young alumni (new graduate students or young professionals)
• can clearly articulate their career interests and plans and how the Luce experience will be fundamental to these
• may or may not have developed specific plans for their placement

Student year:

Student year at time of application:  Graduate or Senior

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Luce Scholars Program application process:

Applicants must not have had significant exposure to Asia or a focused field of Asian studies. However, if you have taken Asian language or Asia-focused courses at SU or have studied abroad in Asia for up to 8 weeks, you will still eligible.

Applications due to CFSA in mid-August.

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email:
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