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Luce Scholars


Application period: April to October
National deadline: TBD

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident 
  • Bachelor's degree (by program start date)
  • Good health
  • Under the age of 32, or no more than 3 years out from receiving bachelor's degree
  • Candidates who majored in any field of study are eligible
  • Anyone who has spent 18 weeks or more in an Asian country are eligible to apply to placement in a country where they do not have significant experience

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: https://www.hluce.org/programs/luce-scholars/application-guidelines/ )

Application requirements:

  • Application form
  • Contact information form 
  • 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: Director for Fellowships and Grants

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: www.hluce.org/about/contact-us

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