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Luce Scholars Program

 

Description: The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional internships in Asia for 18 young Americans each year. 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 locations: 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: 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, 2018. Nominees should have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment. Students who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are NOT eligible for nomination to the Luce Scholars Program. More eligibility information

Deadline:  October 10, 2017 (12 pm EST).

Application Submission:  University of Michigan students and alumni interested in applying to the Luce Scholars Program must submit the application materials electronically or in hard copy to II Fellowships  at the U-M International Institute (iifellowships-luce@umich.edu).  Application Materials:  

Luce Scholars Program Application

Four Letters of Recommendation

Transcripts (undergraduate and graduate, if applicable)

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 October. The committee may select no more than three applicants to be nominated to the Luce Scholars Program. All applicants will be informed of the results of the University of Michigan review by the end of October.  Nominees will be forwarded to the Luce Foundation where they will enter the selection process at the Luce Scholars Program. 

Contact: iifellowships-luce@umich.edu

Advising: By appointment. Meetings may be in-person or via phone. To schedule an appointment, please contact Beth Dutridge-Corp (Luce Scholar Program campus liaison) at iifellowships-luce@umich.edu.

Website:  www.hluce.org/lsprogram.aspx