Internal deadline: October ​13, 2017

National deadline: November 1, 2017

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen 
  • Bachelor's degree (by program start date)
  • Good health
  • Under 30 years of age by July 1st of the year entering program
  • Limited or no experience in Asia and Asian studies

Award summary and conditions: The Luce Scholars Program offers an intensive experience in Asia for those who would not, in the normal course of their careers, have such exposure. The Luce Scholars Program is experiential rather than academic in nature. Some Scholars ​are placed at Asian universities in teaching or research capacities, but none is formally enrolled as a student in a college or university and no academic credit is extended.

Application process: hard copy (access the app at:

Application requirements:

  • Application form
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Recent passport-size color photos (2) 
  • Letters of recommendation (4) - range of academic and professional references. If possible, signed and printed on letter head .
  • Contact information form

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

Internal nomination required: Yes​.​ Whitman may submit up to three nomin​ees. ​

National committee interview: Yes

Selection process: An interview with each nominee will be held in November ​or December in person or via skype or telephone. In early January about 45 finalists will be selected. Each will meet with one of three independent selection committees in early February. Travel expenses will be paid by the Luce Scholars Program. From each committee, five or six Luce Scholars will be chosen.

Announcement date: Recipients will be notified by mid-February.

Contact information: