Luce Scholars

Luce Scholars Program

Funding for 13 months to live, work and learn a language in Asia for graduating seniors, graduate students and young professionals who have limited exposure to Asia


The Luce Scholars Program provides funding for graduating seniors, graduate students, and young professionals who have limited exposure in Asia or Asian studies. The scholarship provides Luce Scholars with the opportunity to gain new perspectives and cultural insights in host countries through immersive living and working experiences in Asia. A professional placement in an Asian institution or agency is individually arranged for each Scholar on the basis of the Scholar’s professional interest, background, and qualifications. The scholarship provides a monthly stipend for living and housing and provides an immersion experience in Asia for an outstanding group of young Americans who would not otherwise have the opportunity to come to know Asia intimately. Placements can be made in the following countries or regions: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.



  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a graduating senior, graduate student, and young professionals
  • Be under the age of 30
  • By June 20th of the year of the program, candidates must have received a bachelor’s degree and will not have reached their 30th birthday
  • Have limited exposure to Asia
    • Not have majored in Asian studies
    • Have spent less than an accumulated total of 18 weeks in one or more Luce Scholars placement countries in Asia since graduating from high school
    • May have taken Asian language or Asia-focused courses without majoring in Asian Studies



  • 15-18 per year
  • May only have 3 applicants from each institution

Selection Criteria:

  • Academic excellence
  • Outstanding leadership ability
  • Clearly defined interests with potential for professional accomplishments
  • Personal qualities: resilience, flexibility, adaptability, humility, maturity, creativity, openness to new ideas, and sensitivity to cultural differences

Application Material:

  • Luce Scholars Program Application
  • Personal Statement
  • 4 letters of recommendation
  • Photo
  • Transcripts



External deadline:



November or December: First-round interviews

Early January: 45 finalists selected and notified

Late January or Early February: Finalist interviews

Early February: Notification of selection

Length of Scholarship: 13 months

Website for Applying:

Contact Information:

Director: Ginger Smoak:

Advisor: Alison Shimko: