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The Luce Scholars Program is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia.

For more information about the history and objectives of the Luce Scholars Program, visit the Program Overview.

Application Process

The Luce Foundation does not accept individual applications submitted directly to the foundation. Candidates must be nominated by one of seventy-five participating colleges and universities. Candidates need not presently be on campus or formally affiliated with a nominating institution. They may be selected from graduating seniors, graduate or professional students currently at the nominating institution, from recent alumni, or any other group deemed appropriate by the nominating institution.

Each nominating institution has an internal application deadline, typically sometime in October, as well as procedures for internal candidate review. Please contact a Luce Scholars campus liaison for application details, due dates, and possible institutional endorsement.

Eligibility Requirements and Restrictions

  • Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program. However, candidates may have taken Asian language or Asia-focused courses (without majoring in Asian Studies). They are allowed to have spent up to a total of twelve weeks in countries where Luce Scholars are placed.
  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens who, by July 1 of the year they enter the program, will have received at least a bachelor’s degree and will not have reached their 30th birthday.
  • Candidates must be in physical health that will not restrict them from working in a foreign environment.

To be successful, candidates must demonstrate an outstanding capacity for leadership, have a record of high achievement, and have mature and clearly defined career interests with evidence of potential for professional accomplishments. All fields will be considered.

The Luce Scholars Program is experiential rather than academic in nature. Personal qualities such as flexibility, adaptability, creativity, humility, openness to new ideas, and sensitivity to cultural differences are as important as academic achievement.

Candidates are not judged on the basis of whether or not they have developed specific plans for their Asian experience. A candidate may have general ideas about the kind of placement preferred, but this is not considered as either a negative or positive factor.

Luce Scholars are chosen without regard to sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic background, marital status, or financial need.

Additional information about the program can be found on the following pages:

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