The Luce Scholars Program represents a major effort by the Henry Luce Foundation to provide an awareness of Asia among potential leaders in American society. Launched in 1974, The Luce Scholars Program is aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields.

It is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited prior experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia. The program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 young Americans each year.


Internal: First Wednesday in October
External: Early November
Link to this year's deadlines. 
The Luce Scholars Program will not be recruiting a cohort for the 2022-23 year, but will resume the competition in the summer of 2022.


  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
  • Graduating seniors, recent graduates and young professionals under the age of 30. By June 20th of the year they enter the program, candidates must have received at least a bachelor's degree and will not have reached heir 30th birthday;
  • Candidates with limited exposure to Asia, i.e. those who have not majored in Asian Studies and who have spent less than an accumulated total of 18 weeks in one or more Luce Scholars placement countries in Asia since graduating from High School. 
  • Candidates should have a record of high academic achievement, combined with the evidence of outstanding leadership ability. Most important, candidates must have a clearly defined career goal in a specific field and must give evidence of potential for professional accomplishment within that field;
  • Personal characteristics that typify successful candidates include creativity, maturity, initiative, breadth of interest, enthusiasm, humility and sensitivity;


The application form is available online at Each applicant must first complete an Eligibility Form online. If eligible, the applicant will be prompted to complete the application with the following: 

  • Luce Scholars Program application;
  • The personal statement is one of the most important parts of the Luce application used to convey a sense of who you are, and reflect on, among other things, (a) your personal journey; (b) your long-range professional interests, and how they have developed; (c) how you have embodied your own kind of leadership; and (d) how a year in Asia with Luce might be transformative.;
  • Academic transcripts of all college and graduate work;
  • A simple head shot photo which will be used to facilitate in-person interviews;
  • Four letters of recommendation that represent a range of academic and professional references.

Learn more at The Luce Scholars Program, by visiting the Office of National Fellowships & Scholarships or by contacting the faculty liaison.