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Luce Scholars Program

Provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional internships in Asia for a total of 18 young Americans nationally each year. The program's purpose is to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society. 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 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.


Applicants should review the Luce Scholars Program website and then schedule an appointment with the campus liaison, or begin an application which will inform the campus liaison of an intent to apply.

To schedule an appointment, please visit the ADVISING CALENDAR and select an open day/time.

Application Deadline:

The 2022-2023 Luce Scholars Program is suspended. The 2021-2022 LuceScholars Program Application is therefore closed.

The Luce Scholars Program will run again in 2023-2024. The 2022-2023 LuceScholars Program Application will be available in Spring, 2022.

Application Process:

Candidates must be nominated by their home institution. Interested applicants must submit the online application by the campus deadline.   

Application Components:   

  • Luce Scholars Program Application. Personal Statement (1500 words) must be used to convey a sense of who you are, and reflect on, among other things, (a) your personal journey; (b) your long-range professional interests, and how they have developed; (c) how you have embodied your own kind of leadership; and (d) how a year in Asia with Luce might be transformative.
  • Four Letters of Recommendation. Letters should be signed and on official letterhead, and, whenever possible, represent a range of academic and professional references.
  • Official Academic Transcripts. Transcripts of all college and graduate work.
  • A Professional Photo. A simple head shot. This is used to facilitate in-person interviews.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen and/or permanent resident
  • No more than 29 years old by June 20, 2021
  • Received at least a bachelor’s degree 
  • High achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment
  • Eligible candidates will have a limited exposure to Asia. Students who have significant experience in Asia or Asian Studies are NOT eligible for nomination.
  • More eligibility information

Review Process:

An International Institute committee will review applications, and 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 will 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.