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The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends and internships for eighteen young Americans to live and work in Asia 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 any field—other than Asian studies—including medicine, the arts, business, law, science, environmental studies, and journalism. Placements can be made in the following countries in East and Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, China and Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Luce Scholars Program is open to seniors, graduate students, alumni from recent classes, and junior faculty.

Quick Facts

Luce Scholarship Program

  • Field of Study: Any field other than Asian Studies
  • Type: Post-Undergraduate
  • Place of Study: East and Southeast Asia
  • Award: Expense stipend, travel
  • MIT Deadline: October
  • National Deadline: October

Eligibility Requirements

  • Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for 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 of the year they enter the program.
  • Nominees should have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment.
  • Applications cannot be considered from those who already have had significant exposure to Asian culture or who have a specific career interest in Asian affairs. The object of the Luce Scholars Program is to provide an intensive experience in Asia for those who would not, in the normal course of their careers, expect to have such an exposure.

Selection Criteria

  • Candidates should have a record of the highest academic achievement, combined with the evidence of outstanding leadership ability.
  • Candidates must have a mature and clearly defined career in a specific field and must have given evidence of potential for professional accomplishment within that field.
  • Personal characteristics that typify successful candidates include creativity, maturity, initiative, self-confidence, enthusiasm, and sensitivity.

For more details on the application program please see the Luce Scholars Program website.


You must apply through the Center for International Studies by early-October. For more details on the application process please contact the MIT representative. Informational booklets and application forms are available at CIS .


MIT Process


  • Review the  Luce Scholars Program website.
  • Consult with Casey Johnson, who can give you a copy of program materials, advise you about the viability of your candidacy, and the best ways to prepare an application.
  • Work on application material.


  • Completed applications (including all four reference letters) due:
Casey Johnson
Center for International Studies
MIT E40-445


  • Applicants will be interviewed by two or more members of MIT’s Center for International Studies whose input will contribute to the institutional endorsement letter.

National Process


  • MIT's Center for International Studies submits your final application, including endorsement and references.

December and January            

  • After institutional nominations, candidates given first-round interviews at convenient locations around the country.
  • The staff of the Henry Luce Foundation refers no more than 45 finalists to three regional selection committees that make the final decisions.


  • Finalist panels meet with 15 of the designated finalists. Each panel selects six Luce Scholars for the coming year, comprising 18 Luce Scholars.  Each of the selection committees is composed of five or six distinguished Americans from a wide range of professional backgrounds. These panels meet in New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.
  • Finalists’ travel and hotel costs are covered by the Henry Luce Foundation


  • Consultations with the new Luce Scholars about possible assignments in Asia begin immediately thereafter. 

Contact Information

MIT Representative            

Casey Johnson
Fellowship Coordinator, Center for International Studies
MIT Room E40-445
Tel: 617-258-8552
Fax: 617-253-9330           

General Information

Henry Luce Foundation
51 Madison Avenue, 30th Floor.
New York, NY 10010
Tel: 212-489-7700
Fax: 212-581-9541
Luce Scholarship website