Luce Scholarship – Call for Applications

Call for Applications to become an NYU nominee for the Luce Scholars Program – FOR SENIORS & RECENT ALUMNI (see criteria below)

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.

The program is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program. On the other hand, candidates may have taken Asian language or Asia-focused courses (without majoring in Asian Studies). They may have spent up to a total of twelve weeks in countries where Luce Scholars are placed.

Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually every field other than Asian studies, including but not limited to the arts, journalism, law, medicine, science, public health, environmental studies, and international relations.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens who, by July 1 of the year they enter the program, will have received at least a bachelor’s degree and will not have reached their 30th birthday.

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The Luce Foundation is looking for a complex set of characteristics in its scholars. We strongly recommend you read the website extensively, particularly focusing on past scholars’ stories. For instance, read about the research interests of Meaghan Tobin (Steinhardt), one of NYU’s nominees in 2012 and a Luce Scholar here:

NYU is allowed to nominate three NYU students / alumni to apply for this scholarship. The call for applications to become a NYU nominee is now open. If you would like to apply, you need to submit the full application form (available at, along with three letters of reference and the names and contact details of one more recommender who could write a letter, if you were nominated by NYU. You also need to submit the personal statement (as described in the application form) along with an academic transcript. You do not need to submit photos. Please send all the materials (together) to with the subject heading LUCE NYU NOMINATION APPLICATION. The deadline for applying for NYU nomination is the 21st of September. We will announce NYU’s nominees by early October. The final deadline for the application (to the Luce Foundation) is the 2nd of November.


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