The University of Chicago is a nominating institution for applicants to the Henry Luce Foundation for the Luce Scholars Program. The Luce Scholars program is aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had no prior experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia or their Asian counterparts. The program provides stipends and internships for young Americans to live and work in Asia each year. Past Scholars, including University of Chicago applicants, have worked with different Asian governmental and private entities such as Japanese architectural firms, Taiwanese family planning centers, the Cambodian health care system, English-language newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong, and Indonesian forestry projects.
Learn more about the Luce Scholars Program.
It should be borne in mind that the program has been designed as a cultural experience first and foremost. Each Scholar's placement provides a professional venue and perspective, but the assignments themselves must be viewed simply as a mechanism through which to gain a broader understanding and appreciation of the culture in which one is living. As a purely professional experience, the year in Asia may not prove as satisfying as a similar assignment at home.
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.
Candidates 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.
Candidates must be in physical health that will not restrict them from working in a foreign environment.
Candidates need not presently be on campus or formally affiliated with the nominating institution. They may be selected from graduating seniors, graduate or professional students currently at the nominating institution, from recent alumni, or others the nominating institution deems appropriate.
The intent of the program is to provide 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. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible.
Candidates however may have taken Asian language or Asia-focused courses on a U.S. campus (without majoring in Asian Studies). They may have spent up to a total of twelve weeks, or have participated in a university-organized summer program, in one or more countries where Luce Scholars are placed.
To be successful, candidates must demonstrate an outstanding capacity for leadership, have a record of high achievement, and have mature and clearly defined career interests with evidence of potential for professional accomplishments. All fields will be considered.
The Luce Scholars Program is experiential rather than academic in nature. Personal qualities such as flexibility, adaptability, creativity, humility, openness to new ideas, and sensitivity to cultural differences are as important as academic achievement.
Candidates are not judged on the basis of whether or not they have developed specific plans for their Asian experience. A candidate may have general ideas about the kind of placement preferred, but this is not considered as either a negative or positive factor.
Luce Scholars are chosen without regard to sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic background, marital status, or financial need.
To Apply: Potential candidates may download the application here.
Submit all application materials to:
Luce Scholars Selection Committee
c/o Center for East Asian Studies
1155 E. 60th St., Room 310
Chicago, IL 60637
The Luce Foundation cannot accept individual applications submitted directly to the foundation.
Deadline: All application materials must be received by CEAS by 3:00pm on October 14, 2014. Applicants will be interviewed the following week by a campus committee for nomination to the Luce Foundation.
Read about past University of Chicago Luce Scholars:
The University of Chicago Chronicle
Asia Foundation Bulletin