Higher Education
Recent Grants
Henry R. Luce Professorships
Current Luce Professors
Luce Professorship Grants
Selected Profiles

The creation of new intellectual resources at colleges and universities is a central theme for much of the Luce Foundation’s work, most of which takes place through thematic programs (such as American art, East Asia, or Theology) or special initiatives. From to time to time, however, grants are also considered for projects that are in keeping with the Foundation’s purposes but fall outside the boundaries of its other activities.

Some grants have addressed the Foundation’s commitment to increase America’s capacity for international understanding. For example, a grant to the American Council on Education (ACE) supports an Internationalization Forum of Chief Academic Officers, while a program at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) encourages the integration of international perspectives into the general education curriculum for undergraduates.

Higher Education grants have also addressed the interests as well as the history of the Foundation and the Luce family. A grant to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation supported a program to promote innovation in U.S. doctoral education at a public and private universities; the National Humanities Center in North Carolina administers a Henry Luce Senior Fellowship in the fields of American art, Asian studies, and theology; and a major gift to Yale University in the mid-1990s established Henry R. Luce Hall, the home of Yale’s Center for International and Area Studies. A recent grant to the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia is funding the renovation of buildings bearing the Luce name on the campuses of Satya Wacana University in Indonesia, and Central Philippine University and Silliman University in the Philippines.

In addition, a few small grants have been made to organizations that work to increase support for women in science and engineering, supplementing the goals of the Foundation’s Clare Boothe Luce Program.

Letters of inquiry can be submitted at any time of the year by qualified organizations. There is no category for grants to individuals, and because of limitations on the Foundation’s resources it is not possible to respond to requests to enhance international education at individual colleges and universities.

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Program Director: Dr. Michael GilliganMichael was elected president of the Henry Luce Foundation in December 2002, having been Program Director for Theology since 1998. He previously served at the Association of Theological Schools (ATS); as Academic Dean of the Pontifical College Josephinum; and as teacher and administrator in the Catholic Diocese of Columbus. He received a B.A. from Duke University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. He is chairman of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, and serves on the board of the Council of Independent Colleges.

Program Assistant: Ms. Mina Camacho
Born and raised in Rome, NY, Mina studied theater at Buffalo State College before joined the Foundation staff in 1991. She served twenty years as executive assistant to the President, before being named Grants Administrator in 2013.



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