The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia.
- To be eligible for the Luce Scholars Program candidates:
- must be U.S. citizens who would not have reached their 30th birthday by July 1st of the year they enter the program;
- must have earned at least a bachelor’s degree or reasonably expect to receive that degree by July 1st of the year they enter the program;
- must be in physical health that will not restrict them from working in a foreign environment.
Campus nomination: Applicants must be nominated by the IUCARE office and Indiana University can nominate up to 3 candidates - current students or alumni. By the campus deadline, applicants should submit a 2 page personal statement as a Word document of no more than 1500 words by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and have at least 1 recommendation letter sent by email to the same address.
The personal statement should accord with the Luce Foundation Application guidelines and discuss (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.
- If nominated, applicants are required to submit the items listed below by the national deadline. All application materials will be sent by IUCARE to the Luce Foundation. Required documents:
- A Luce Scholars Program Application form.
- 4 Letters of Recommendation.
- Academic transcripts.
- Two photos.