Fellowships

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

The Luce Foundation seeks to ensure that our leaders are well-prepared and well-educated. To accomplish that goal, the Foundation supports a range of fellowship programs. Some of these are aimed at scholars and teachers in the Foundation’s areas of focus, like the China Studies Program and the American Art Dissertation Fellowships.

Other fellowships seek to equip leaders outside of academia with the tools they need to grow and to pursue their work. The Luce Scholars Program, which enables promising young leaders to spend a year in Asia, is one of the Foundation’s oldest fellowship programs. Luce’s newest fellowship will support Native American knowledge makers and knowledge keepers who are committed to serving their communities.

With the exception of the Luce Scholars Program, all of the Foundation’s fellowships are administered by organizational partners like the American Council of Learned Societies and the First Nations Development Institute. Information about how to apply for each fellowship is provided in the individual fellowships' section, accessed below.

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Current Fellowship Opportunities

American Art
American Art
The Luce Foundation supports scholarly training in art history through the Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships. Ten fellowships are awarded to doctoral candidates at universities in the United States. The fellowship program is administered by the American Council of Learned Societies on behalf of the Luce Foundation.
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China Studies
China Studies
The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies seeks to maintain the vitality of the field of China studies in the US through fellowships and grants designed primarily for scholars early in their careers. The program is administered by the American Council of Learned Societies on behalf of the Luce Foundation.
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Luce Scholars
Luce Scholars
The Luce Scholars Program seeks to enhance understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. A nationally competitive fellowship program, it provides awarded Scholars with stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for one year.
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Native American Leadership
Native American Leadership
This initiative supports knowledge makers and knowledge keepers serving Indigenous communities in the United States through a competitive fellowship program administered by First Nations Development Institute.
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Religion, Journalism & International Affairs
Religion, Journalism & International Affairs
This program fosters connections between scholars and journalists covering international affairs. The fellowships support scholars in the humanities and related social sciences who are studying religion in international contexts and seek to make their specialist knowledge available to journalists and mediamakers. The program is administered by the American Council of Learned Societies on behalf of the Luce Foundation.
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Legacy of Leadership

The Foundation has supported individual leaders for many decades. As needs and opportunities change, the Foundation creates new fellowship programs and brings others to conclusion. We are proud of all of the programs and individuals who contributed to their fields and to the world with Luce support.