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.


Get a taste of a new language and culture without leaving home!

Speaking Freely is available to all NYU undergraduate and graduate students and staff. The 75-minute language coaching sessions meet once a week for ten weeks each semester at various locations on campus. Each week, you will learn how to communicate on a different topic, or you might enjoy a related activity–a movie, concert, or neighborhood visit–as part of a small, informal language group. No books are required and there’s no pressure of grades!

Speaking Freely offers sessions in Arabic, Czech, French, German, Greek (Modern), Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. It’s all free–and easy. Meet new people and have fun. It’s the perfect way to try out a language and culture before you study or visit.

Speaking Freely sessions emphasize learning practical words and phrases you might use when traveling or studying abroad, as well as vocabulary related to various aspects of art, history, and culture. At least two levels of coaching are offered for most of the languages, and a third level is offered in six of the languages. Level 1 is a basic introduction for those who have no experience in the language. Level 2 is slightly more advanced, and meant for those who have completed Level 1 or those who have basic experience in the language. Level 3 is meant for those who are fairly proficient, and have studied the language for a few years or more in high school or college. All topics covered are based on student interest and conversation is emphasized.

Speaking Freely classes begin the week of September 14th and conclude November 21st. Register for NYU Speaking Freely at

Important Registration Dates for Fall 2015

Tuesday, September 15 is the last day to drop/swap/add courses on Albert and the last day to drop a class without a W grade

Tuesday, November 3 is the deadline to withdraw from a class. The deadlines for class and term (all classes) withdrawal are both at the end of the ninth week of the fall and spring semesters.  After this deadline, class or term withdrawals for “W” grades are no longer permitted, and students will receive grades earned for all registered classes.

Tuesday, November 3 is the deadline to submit a Pass/Fail Grade request. It is also the last day to withdraw a request submitted previously. This deadline applies to students studying in Washington Square; all  others should refer to their local site calendar.

University Policy on Religious Holidays

Given the various religious faiths represented on campus and acknowledging the nonsectarian nature of the University, present calendar policy is intended to apply equitably to all religious groups and to provide opportunities to all to meet their religious obligations.” Further clarification on this policy may be found at:
University Calendar Policy on Religious Holidays.

Stressbusters Alert! Stressbusters Alert!

Welcome back, NYU!

We hope you’ve all enjoyed a stress-free summer. As we dive back into busting stress, check out some of the events kicking off during Welcome Week, where you can score a FREE backrub:
  • Opening Welcome Week event: Tuesday, September 1st, 3 – 4 PM, Kimmel – Room 405
  • Wind Down Wednesday: Wednesday, September 2nd, 3:30 – 4 :30 PM in the Health Promotion Office (726 Broadway, 3rd Floor)
  • Stressbusters Week 2015: For the first time ever, NYU Stressbusters are hosting a full week of relaxing, stress busting events! Join us 9/14 – 9/18 for FREE backrubs, guided meditation, a talk with one of our very own dynamic professors and a build your own stress toy workshop!
  • Interested in becoming a stress-busting hero? Join the force! October training dates are set and we look forward to receiving your applications!
Stressbusting Tip of the Week: We know back-to-school can be a hectic time, so try taking a break and listening to relaxing and/or classical music — it calms the body down!
*If at any time you are feeling overwhelmed by stress, do not hesitate to reach out to the Wellness Exchange. Counselors are available to talk 24/7.

Have a great first week folks!

Fall 2015 Graduate Student Library Workshop Series

Hello from the NYU Libraries: As the fall semester kicks off, we’re offering our annual series of Graduate Student workshops where you can learn everything from how to organize your bibliographies, to how to track down those tricky citations, to how to be a more effective research assistant (and much more). For the complete listing of these sessions, and to sign up, go to:

You can also get the new school year started right by joining us at our Annual Graduate Student Reception. It is a great opportunity to meet your subject librarian, as well as mingle with your fellow graduate students over some complimentary food and drinks. We will be giving away NYU Bookstore gift certificates to some lucky attendees. The reception will take place:  Thursday, September 10th, 5:30-7:00, 8th-floor North Reading Room, Bobst library. Please RSVP by going to

Fall 2015 – Succeed. Empower. Engage.

September & October Events brought to you by the Steinhardt Office of Student Affairs

Join the Counseling & Student Services team at one of our many events this Fall.  We look forward to seeing you and hope you will get connected, be involved and stay informed.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival June 11 to 21, 2015

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented from June 11 to 21, 2015 with 16 films from across the globe that celebrate the power of individuals and communities to effect change. Now in its 26th edition, the festival is co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center.
This year’s film festival is organized around three themes: Art Versus Oppression, Changemakers, and Justice and Peace. The festival also features a series of special programs, including a discussion around the ethics of image-making in documenting human rights abuses, a master class on international crisis reporting and digital storytelling, and a multimedia project on the women activists of the Arab Spring.

For more information visit