Luce Initiative on Southeast Asia


The Luce Initiative on Southeast Asia (LuceSEA) is a multi-year grants competition approved by the Henry Luce Foundation’s Directors in June 2018. LuceSEA is administered by the Foundation’s Asia Program. The broad goal of LuceSEA is to strengthen the study of Southeast Asia in American higher education by providing resources for the creation of models, strategies and partnerships that not only bolster existing program structures but also take them in new directions, contributing in the process to both institution and field building.

View the first round of LuceSEA grants

LuceSEA aims to encourage innovation in the study of Southeast Asia through support for

Within American philanthropic circles, the Luce Foundation is unique in its longstanding support for Southeast Asian studies. It is an appropriate moment for the Foundation to reinvest in the field, to ensure that it remains vibrant and relevant.

Please Note: During the life of LuceSEA, the Asia Program plans to continue through the Responsive Grants category to fund proposals with a SEA focus that fall outside the LuceSEA guidelines.

Eligibility Requirements

LuceSEA is open to universities that house the Title VI-funded National Resource Centers for Southeast Asian studies, other doctoral degree-granting universities in the United States with identified strength in teaching and research on Southeast Asia or a history of engagement with the region, and U.S.-based organizations that support relevant scholarly activity. LuceSEA also welcomes proposals from academic and research institutions in Southeast Asia that conform to LuceSEA guidelines, provided that proposed activities include collaboration with at least one U.S.-based institution. While institutions that do not meet the eligibility criteria described above may not serve as lead applicant in a proposal, they may participate in LuceSEA by partnering with an eligible institution.

Please read all of the information in the General Foundation Guidelines and LuceSEA Application Guidelines before applying through our online portal.

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Application Calendar

August 16, 2019 - Application portal to submit LOIs opens at 9:00 AM EST
September 27, 2019 - LOI must be submitted online by 11:59 PM EST
October 18, 2019 – Selected institutions will be invited to submit full proposals
January 31, 2020 - Invited institutions must submit full proposals online by 11:59 PM EST
June 2020 - Round Two Awards announced

Start the Application Process

For questions or additional information, please contact:
Helena Kolenda, Program Director for Asia
Henry Luce Foundation
51 Madison Avenue, 30th Floor, New York, NY 10010
Tel: 212-489-7700
Fax: 212-581-9541
Email: hkolenda@hluce.org