Internal deadline: October 28, 2015

National deadline: November 2, 2015 

Eligibility requirements:

  • Citizen of the U.S. 
  • Bachelor's degree (or expects to receive that degree before taking part in the program)
  • Good health
  • Under 30 years of age by July 1st of the year entering program
  • Limited or no experience in Asia and Asian studies (may have spent up to 12 weeks in Asia but no longer)

Award summary and conditions: Candidates for the Luce Scholars Program are nominated by 75 colleges and universities in the United States. Fifteen to eighteen scholars are chosen each year. Candidates should have a record of the highest 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 have given evidence of potential for accomplishment within that field. Applications cannot be considered from those who already have had significant exposure to Asian culture or who have a specific career interest in Asian affairs.

The Luce Scholars Program aims to provide an intensive experience in Asia for those who would not, in the normal course of their careers, have such an exposure. The Luce Scholars Program is experiential rather than academic in nature. Some Scholars have been attached to Asian universities in teaching or research capacities, but none of the participants is formally enrolled as a student in a college or university and no academic credit is extended.

Professional placements are arranged for each Scholar on the basis of his or her individual interest, background, qualifications, and experience. Each Scholar spends July and August studying the language of the placement country, and the work assignments run for approximately ten months from September until July of the following year. The placements are intended primarily as learning opportunities for the Scholars. Certainly it is hoped that a Scholar will be able to make a professional contribution to the host organization, but equally important is a willingness to learn some of the many things that Asia has to teach.

Currently, the Luce Scholars Program operates throughout most of East and Southeast Asia: Japan, South Korea, China, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore, India and Indonesia. At this point, placement is not a practical possibility in Burma or North Korea.

Application process: hard copy 

Application requirements:

  • Complete (hard copy) application access the app:
  • 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 three nominations

National committee interview: Yes

Selection process: An interview with each nominee will be held in November and December in person or via telephone. In early January approximately 45 finalists will be selected. Each will meet with one of three independent selection committees in early February. 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: