Luce Scholars Program

Description: The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional internships in Asia for 18 young Americans each year. Dating from 1974, the program's purpose is to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society. Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually every field (other than Asian studies) including medicine, the arts, business, law, science, environmental studies, and journalism. Placements can be made in the following countries or regions: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.  The annual selection of the Luce Scholars is an unusually rigorous process and a nationwide competition. Each candidate must first be nominated by their home university. For additional program information, visit the Henry Luce Foundation website.

Eligibility Criteria: The University of Michigan must nominate students for this award (applications submitted by students directly to the Luce Foundation will not be considered). Students who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are NOT eligible for nomination to the Luce Scholars Program. Candidates must be American citizens who have received at least a bachelor’s degree and are no more than 29 years old on July 1, 2014. Nominees should have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment.

Deadline:  Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Candidates are advised to begin preparing their applications well in advance of the October deadline. Gathering some of the documents requested may take some time. Most particularly, applicants should give careful thought to the preparation of their essay in which they set out, in their own words, their interests and aspirations, and their detailed reasons for wishing to intern in Asia. This statement is especially helpful to review committees in their attempt to gain an understanding of an applicant's strengths, and will be used to determine the Luce Scholar-elect's suitability for placement in an internship.

Application Submission:  University of Michigan students and alumni interested in applying to the Luce Scholars Program must submit a hard copy of the application materials to Kelly Peckens at the U-M International Institute.  Application Materials:  

    1. Luce Scholars Program Application
    2. Four Letters of Recommendation
    3. Transcripts (undergraduate and graduate, if applicable)
    4. Two Passport-size Photos

Review Process: An International Institute committee will review applications, and will invite the most promising applicants for an interview in October. All applicants will be informed of the results of the University of Michigan review by the end of the fall semester.

Contact: Kelly Peckens (kpeckens@umich.edu, 734.764.9135, schedule an appointment)

Website:  www.hluce.org/lsprogram.aspx