Luce Initiative on Asian
Studies and the
Selected Project Profiles
The Luce Foundation's Asia Program pursues two interrelated goals. One is fostering cultural and intellectual exchange between the United States and the countries of East and Southeast Asia. The second is creating scholarly and public resources for improved understanding of Asia in the United States.
The Asia Program includes two categories of grantmaking: Asia Responsive Grants and Special Initiatives. The Luce Scholars Program, which provides fellowships for professional internships in Asia for young American leaders, is administered as a separate program.
Asia Responsive Grants
Asia Responsive Grants, periodically approved by the Foundation's board, respond to needs in the field of Asian studies identified by scholars and institutions. Funding is limited to programs and projects concerning the countries and cultures of Northeast and Southeast Asia. The Foundation's guidelines and resources do not allow inclusion of South or Central Asia.
The Foundation also funds special competitive initiatives on specific issues relevant to the study of Asia.
The Foundation is pleased to announce the most recent such initiative, the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE), approved by the Foundation’s Directors in November 2010. LIASE is a competition for invited liberal arts colleges and liberal arts college consortia in the United States. LIASE aspires to encourage innovative approaches to Asian studies teaching and research at the undergraduate level through the lens of the environment and sustainable development.
Other special initiatives have included the Luce Initiative on East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History, a five-year initiative which supported the creation of ten new faculty positions, collaborative research and individual fellowships; the Luce Fund for Asian Studies (1999-2002), which supported the creation of 38 new faculty positions at American liberal arts colleges; the United States-China Cooperative Research Program (1988-98); and the Luce Fund for Southeast Asian Studies (1987-94).
Program Director: Ms. Helena Kolenda
Program Officer: Mr. Li Ling
Program Assistant: Ms. Maureen F. Cullen
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