Luce Scholars Program

Luce Scholars Program

About the Luce Scholars Program

The Luce Scholars Program was launched in 1974 by the Henry Luce Foundation to “enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society”. 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. Successful applicants receive individualized placement based on their interests and career plans; these have included organizations ranging from public health programs and architecture firms to TV networks and 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.

Location of award, if applicable: Asia

Eligible applicants:

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The Luce Scholars Program application process:

Start by reviewing the scholarship website to determine whether it is a good match for you and that you meet the eligibility criteria. 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.

Discuss your interest and plans to apply with a CFSA advisor and your mentor(s). You cannot apply directly to the program – Luce Scholar candidates are nominated by SU. You will need to submit an “intent to apply” form to CFSA by June 30th to be considered for nomination. CFSA’s internal committee nominates up to three competitive applicants who then proceed to work on their applications and submit them to CFSA by mid September for endorsement and submission to Luce.

Application components include:
– completed application form
– four letters of recommendation
– official transcript(s)
– a simple head shot that will be used to facilitate in-person interviews

The national deadline is November 1.

Interested? Contact CFSA for more information the internal nomination process and how to get started!

Advising contact:

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising  Email: More Information:

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