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“The prestige associated with the Clare Boothe Luce Professorship has been the single most important factor in helping me to establish myself as a respected member of my department and among colleagues in my field.”
— Clare Boothe Luce Professor

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University of Virginia Graduate Fellow in Astronomy Sandy Liss at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in New Mexico.

The Clare Boothe Luce Program


Since its first grants in 1989 the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program has become one of the single most significant sources of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering in Higher Education in the United States. Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. In her bequest establishing this program, she sought “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in science, mathematics and engineering. To date, the program has supported more than 2,300 women.


The CBL Program awards grants in three categories:

Undergraduate Awards

The CBL program supports two types of undergraduate awards:

  • Undergraduate Scholarships cover educational expenses, enabling students to focus on their studies during the final two undergraduate years. In general, undergraduate scholarships support up to four students for their last two academic years.
  • Undergraduate Research Awards support research projects with faculty mentors, motivating and preparing recipients to apply for graduate study. In general, undergraduate research awards support up to 24 students (up to 8 per year) in the course of a two- to three-year grant period.

Graduate Fellowships

  • Graduate Fellowships benefit recipients at the beginning of their graduate studies, when funds for independent research are rarely available. In general, these awards support two graduate fellowships for the first two years of a Ph.D. program.


In general, professorship support is provided for the first five years of a beginning tenure-track faculty appointment.

  • Recognition and prestige: A CBL Professor asserted, "The prestige associated with the Clare Boothe Luce Professorship has been the single most important factor in helping me to establish myself as a respected member of my department and among colleagues in my field."
  • Professional development support: The substantial professional development funds associated with each professorship provide flexibility and support rarely available to new faculty members.
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Thirteen institutions, specifically designated in Ambassador Luce’s bequest, receive income from an initial allocation in perpetuity. These institutions are known as Designated Institutions.


In addition to the CBL Program’s support of Designated Institutions, the CBL Selection Committee welcomes participation by eligible higher education institutions in the Clare Boothe Luce Program Invited Institution Competition.

Eligibility & Restrictions

CBL Invited Institution award eligibility & restrictions are as follows:

  • Grants are made to four-year degree-granting institutions, not directly to individuals.
  • Some biological science disciplines are excluded; medical, behavioral, and social science fields are excluded. Please see the list of included and excluded disciplines.
  • Preference is given for support of women in the physical science and engineering fields in which women are the least well represented.
  • Student recipients must be U.S. citizens; Professorship recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Current CBL Grantees - An institution with a CBL grant may not submit a new application before its current grant has been officially closed.
  • Waiting Period (new restriction) - Institutions with a prior CBL grant may not apply for a new grant until five years after the award of their most recent Clare Boothe Luce Program grant (i.e., institutions that received CBL awards in 2014 or later are not eligible to apply for the 2018 competition).
  • Please review the Invited Institution Program Guidelines.
  • Please review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Catholic Institutions

Catholic institutions with strong science programs are especially encouraged to apply. According to the terms of Ambassador Luce’s bequest, at least 50% of the Program’s awards go to Roman Catholic colleges or universities.

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Program Director: Dr. Carlotta ArthurCarlotta earned a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University, and worked for ten years in industry before completing a M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a W.K. Kellogg post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health. Carlotta also taught at Meharry Medical College in Nashville and later at Smith College. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served on the staff of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Program Assistant: Ms. Bridget Talone
A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Bridget worked in arts administration and event planning before pursuing her M.F.A. at the Iowa Writers Workshop. She joined the Foundation in 2013.

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