Luce Scholars Program

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.

Eligibility Requirements

The Luce Scholars Program is open to:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Graduating seniors, recent graduates and young professionals under the age of 30.
  • Candidates with limited exposure to Asia, i.e. those who have not majored in Asian studies and who 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.
  • The first portion of the online application is an eligibility form which will confirm whether or not you are an eligible applicant

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. Candidates however may have taken Asian language or Asia-focused courses (without majoring in Asian Studies).

To apply, please visit: and start the online application and choose the University of Chicago as your nominating institution.

Deadline: All application materials must be submitted thought the online application by 3:00 PM on Friday, October 12, 2018.  This is the University of Chicago’s internal deadline for applications. Applications will then be reviewed and students may be asked to interview the following week with a campus selection committee to be considered for final nomination to the Luce Foundation. The Luce Foundation cannot accept individual applications submitted directly to the Foundation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

Read about past University of Chicago Luce Scholars:

Nirav Shah
The University of Chicago Chronicle

Nathaniel Gleicher
Asia Foundation Bulletin

Julia Simon
Luce Scholars Newsletter