The Luce Scholars program is experiencing a one-year admissions hiatus to enable their staff to focus on supporting the three current pandemic cohorts and to allow them to reenvision the program as it evolves to meet the challenges of the coming decades.  The recruitment cycle will resume in summer 2022 with a revised admissions process.

Application period: August 2022 to November 2022 [TBA]
Internal deadline: October 2022 [TBA]
National deadline: November 2022 [TBA]
NOTE: Internal nomination process

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident 
  • Bachelor's degree (by program start date)
  • Good health
  • Under 30 years of age by June 19th of the year entering program
  • Limited (18 weeks max) 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: online (access the application at: )

Application requirements:

  • Application form
  • Contact information form (for nominated students)
  • Personal statement (1,500 words max) 
  • Letters of recommendation (4) - range of academic and professional references. 
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Recent passport-size color photo
  • Letter of endorsement 

Faculty representative: Keith Raether

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

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 late January and 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 early February.

Contact information: