Promoting innovative scholarship

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Promoting innovative scholarship

Our Programs

Luce programs seek to advance and disseminate knowledge, ensuring that new ideas have an impact in the world.

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Our Fellowships

The Luce Foundation invests in and connects knowledge makers and young leaders through its fellowships.

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Our Grants

The Foundation has awarded more than 5800 grants and over $1 billion in its 80 years of grantmaking.

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Our Programs

American Art
American Art
The American Art Program supports museums, universities, and arts organizations in their efforts to advance the understanding and experience of American and Native American visual arts through research, exhibitions, publications, and collection projects.
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Asia
Asia
The goals of the Asia Program are to encourage the development of expertise, capacity and resources on East and Southeast Asia, and to foster scholarly and cultural exchange between the United States and Asia.
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Clare Boothe Luce Program
Clare Boothe Luce Program
Since its first grants in 1989 the Clare Boothe Luce 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.
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Higher Education
Higher Education
The Higher Education program seeks to stimulate innovative scholarship, disseminate research to communities of practice, and prepare the next generation of diverse faculty and academic leaders—especially in the humanities and social sciences.
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Luce Scholars
Luce Scholars
The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program that seeks to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society by providing awarded scholars with stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for one year.
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Public Policy
Public Policy
Public Policy grants have supported orientation programs for new members of Congress, the study of the Presidency, and analysis of the judicial system. Each year the Luce Foundation approves a limited number of Public Policy grants to organizations that promote best practices in and knowledge about philanthropy.
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Religion in International Affairs
Religion in International Affairs
The Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs aims to provide intellectual leadership, develop new paradigms for research and teaching, create new resources and networks, and enhance public understanding of and discussion about religion in the international sphere.
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Theology
Theology
The Luce Foundation’s Theology program aims to advance understanding of religion and theology. Through grants to seminaries, divinity schools, and research universities, the program supports the work of scholars, cultivates the next generation of leaders, and promotes public engagement.
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Our Grants

Since its first grant of $1,500 to Yenching University in 1936, the Henry Luce Foundation has awarded more than 5800 grants totaling over $1 billion. The Foundation has supported museums, colleges and universities, research institutes, seminaries and divinity schools, media organizations and other non-governmental organizations across the United States and around the world.

Image One: 2018 Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative © Vanderbilt University. Image Two: Sarah DiRoma '19, Luce Scholar, Chemistry major, Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship Program, Research, Labs, in Albertus Magnus Hall. © Providence College. Image Three: The GroundTruth Project religion reporting trip in partnership with USC-Annenberg to Korea. © GroundTruth Project / Alan Mittelstaedt.