Luce Scholars Program
The intent of the Program is to provide an intensive experience in Asia for an outstanding group of young Americans who would not, during the normal course of their careers, expect to have such an exposure.
Nominees will be considered ineligible if they have a professed career interest in Asian affairs, or if they have made that an area of academic concentration. Asian Affairs would include Asian language, literature, history, politics, or any other aspect of Asian studies. A single course or two in these areas, however, would not disqualify an individual. Nominees will also be considered ineligible if they have already had a significant exposure to East or Southeast Asia, whether through service in the Peace Corps, a period of foreign study or residence in Asia, or extensive travel in that region.
- Nominees must be American citizens who have not reached their 30th birthday by September 1st of the year they enter the program. They must have earned at least a bachelor's degree or reasonably expect to receive that degree prior to September 1st of the year they enter the program.
- Nominees need not presently be on campus. They may be selected from the class of graduating seniors oat the nominating institution, from ranks of recent alumni, from graduate or professional students, from recent recipients of advanced or professional degrees at the institution, or from junior faculty.
- A nominee should give evidence of potential for leadership and accomplishment, both within a chosen profession and as a member of the broader American community. In addition, s/he should have a strong, mature, and clearly defined career interest in a specific field.
- Participating institutions designate a member of their faculty or staff as the campus liaison for the program. This liaison is responsible for establishing procedures for internal candidate review, providing potential candidates with the application documents, and submitting completed documentation of the institution's nominees to the Henry Luce Foundation -- to arrive no later than the first Monday in December. Each participating institution may submit two nominations, which must be submitted by the Luce Scholar liaison and not by individual candidates.
- Each nominee must complete the following documents and submit them to their campus liaison:
- Biographic Information Form. Please use the form provided; do not attach a separate resume.
- Personal Statement. A signed, typewritten document of no more than 1,000 words outlining: (a) long-range career interests, how they have developed, and plans for pursuing them in the future; and (b) reasons for applying to the Luce Scholars Program.
- Academic Transcripts. Official transcripts of all college and graduate work.
- Two Recent Passport-size Photographs (black and white preferred). Name should be printed on the back of both pictures.
- Four Letters of Recommendation. Whenever possible, letters should be typewritten and represent a range of academic, professional, and personal references.
- Address Information Card.
- The Luce Foundation will conduct an initial screening of the nominees during December and January. A personal interview with each nominee will be held during this period at a location convenient to both the nominee and the Foundation.
- Early in February, approximately forty-five finalists will be selected from the total pool of nominees. They will be invited to appear, at Foundation expense, before one of three regional selection committees that meet in late February and early March. Each of these committees will interview fifteen finalists: each will select six Luce Scholars. All eighteen Luce Scholars will have been named by mid-March. Nominees eliminated from consideration will receive timely notification.