Programs

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

The Henry Luce Foundation advances its work through seven grantmaking programs and two leadership programs. Several of these trace their origins back to the founder; others took shape more recently as the board sought to address contemporary challenges relevant to the Foundation’s mission. All of the programs reflect the Foundation’s commitments to education and research, knowledge-based leadership, and the dissemination of ideas to the public.

The Foundation is committed to identifying the most promising ideas and projects for support, partnering with a wide range of organizations in pursuit of its mission. For this reason, all of the Foundation’s programs accept unsolicited inquiries, which can be submitted through our online portal. From time to time, programs will launch special competitions aimed at particular kinds of organizations or focused on particular topics. More information about each program’s guidelines and the competitions it sponsors can be found within the programs' pages, accessed below.

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The Luce Foundation pursues its mission through the following 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 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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Legacy of Grantmaking

At different times over its 80 years, the Luce Foundation has singled out particular fields or problems for attention. The Foundation has launched grantmaking programs and initiatives to encourage research and action in those areas for limited periods of time, or until it’s determined that resources are needed elsewhere. We’re proud of what those programs and initiatives accomplished with Luce support.