Program Aims

In keeping with the mission of the Luce Foundation, 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. Our grants, awarded to institutions, support three areas: Asia-focused teaching and research in higher education; policy projects relevant to U.S.-Asia relations; and public education about Asia.

We pursue our goals through two categories of grantmaking: Responsive Grants and Special Initiatives. The Luce Scholars Program, which provides fellowships for professional internships in Asia for young American leaders, is administered as a separate program.

Recent Grants

For support for higher education programming
American Friends of Prospect Burma|Accord, New York, United States
For a program on Africa and China
Georgetown University|Washington, District of Columbia, United States
For the AAPI Data project
AAPI Data project at the Center for Social Innovation, University of California Riverside|Riverside, California, United States
The Plastic Pipeline: A Serious Game for Ocean Plastics Education
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars|Washington, District of Columbia, United States
For the History of Himalayan Art initiative
Rubin Museum of Art|New York, New York, United States
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Program Administrators

Program Director: Ms. Helena Kolenda

Helena Kolenda joined the Henry Luce Foundation’s Asia Program in 1998, serving as program officer prior to her appointment as Program Director in 2008. Ms. Kolenda holds a BA in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of California, Berkeley (1980) and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law (1989). Between 1981 and 1996, she spent a decade in China, working first as an English teacher with Volunteers in Asia and later as an attorney with the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. She is chair of the Harvard-Yenching Institute and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the National Committee on United States-China Relations.

Program Associate: Dr. Yuting Li

Yuting was born and raised in China, and holds a BA in International Studies and a MA in Comparative Politics from Peking University. In 2016 she received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her academic focus is the study of political economy and social welfare, especially public housing in China. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Yuting devoted herself to women in philanthropy and early childhood education.

Luce Post-doctoral and Ricci Institute Scholars © Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, University of San Francisco
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Recent News and Announcements

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Dec. 14, 2021
$14 Million in New Grants Amplifies Diverse Experiences and Funds Community-Engaged Projects
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Sept. 3, 2021
Engaging with Environmental Research in Early Modern Southeast Asia
July 16, 2021
Recent Grants Fund Diverse Knowledge Makers and Support Community-Based Leaders to Advance Change
Foundation News, Grants Announcement