Luce Scholars

The Luce Scholars Program provides an individualized professional placement, along with language training and stipends, in an Asian country. The nationally competitive program is intended for students 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. 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 demonstrate an outstanding capacity for leadership, have a record of high achievement, and have mature and clearly defined career interests with evidence of potential for professional accomplishments. The Luce Scholars Program is experiential rather than academic in nature. Personal qualities such as flexibility, adaptability, creativity, humility, openness to new ideas, and sensitivity to cultural differences are as important as academic achievement.

Campus Deadline : Sunday, October 6, 2019 by 11:59pm

Funding Available : Stipends provided.

Where you can study/travel : Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Placements are selected by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Who is eligible : Seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia.  

How to apply :

  • 2-3 page, double-spaced personal statement
  • Application form (obtained from the Luce Scholars national website)
  • 4 Letters of recommendation


Selection Process : Faculty committee will interview candidates for nomination.

Resources : More information and the application form can be found on the Luce Scholars website.

Contact : Dr. Danika Burgess Brown, Director of Curriculum and Fellowships, danika@rice.edu