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:  Candidates must be American citizens who have received at least a bachelors degree and are no more than 29 years old on September 1 of the year they enter the program.  Nominees should have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment.  Applicants need not be University of Chicago students.  A candidate may have sepnt up to a total of twelve weeks in countries where Luce Scholars are placed; those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program.

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
5835 S. Kimbark Avenue, Judd Hall 302
Chicago, IL 60637-1515
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, 2013.  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:

Nirav Shah
The University of Chicago Chronicle

Nathaniel Gleicher
Asia Foundation Bulletin

Julia Simon
Luce Scholars Newsletter