Established in 1974 by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Luce Scholars Program fellowship is intended for "young leaders 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." Those who have already had significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program.
The Luce Scholars Program is not academic in nature. Although some scholars may be attached to Asian universities in teaching or research capacities, no scholar is formally enrolled as a student in a college or university and no academic credit is given. Instead Luce Scholars participate in internships of approximately one year. As important is the value that the program places on the cultural experience. "Each scholarships placement provides a professional venue and perspective, but the assignments themselves must be viewed simply as a mechanism through which to gain a broader understanding and appreciation of the culture in which one is living."
The "Luce Scholar Year" involves a commitment of just under thirteen months from late June to mid-July the following year. In late June there is an orientation in New York City. After the New York session, the Scholars travel as a group to San Francisco where they participate in the country specific orientation at the offices of the Asia Foundation. The Scholars spend July and August studying the language of the placement country. Individual placements generally commence in September. In late October or early November there is a four-day meeting of the Scholars in one of the Asian cities and at the conclusion of the year there is a final evaluation meeting.
NEW COUNTRIES ADDED: Myanmar and Nepal
Currently the Luce Scholars Program sends scholars to the following 17 countries: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal,l the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Placement in any other country is not possible.
Stanford is allowed to nominate three applicants to the Luce Program.
Institutional nomination is the only way to apply. Applications submitted directly to the Luce Foundation will not be accepted.
Applicants for the Luce Scholarship:
The single most important consideration is that applicants provide evidence of potential for leadership and accomplishment, both within a chosen profession and as a member of the broader American community.
Applicants are not judged on the basis of whether they have developed specific plans for the Asian experience.
Further information on the selection criteria and the program can be obtained at the ORC or through the Luce Program website.
The Campus Application
In order to have an application forwarded as a Stanford nominee, applicants must be reviewed and endorsed by a campus selection committee.
A campus application consists of:
NOTE: Applicants should submit the original and 3 copies of the application including the coversheet for each, collated in the order listed above to the ORC. Please paperclip. Do not staple.
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Original letters of recommendation should be mailed to the ORC or be hand-delivered, in signed, sealed envelopes by the applicant. Emailed letters and faxed letters will not be accepted. These letters of recommendation in hard copy must arrive by the campus deadline.
Overseas Resource Center / Attn: Luce Scholarship / Bechtel International Center / 584 Capistrano Way / Stanford, CA 94305
Mail Code: 8245
The National Application
Those applicants who are selected as Stanford nominees will have their applications forwarded to the Luce Foundation by the national deadline.
An initial screening of the nominated applicants will be made by the Luce Foundation in November and December either in person or via Skype. These interviews will either be conducted by Foundation staff members or invited former Luce scholars depending on the candidate's location. Please note that only certain institutions in the U.S. participate in the Luce Scholars Program.
In early February, approximately 45 finalists will be interviewed at one of three regional selection committees. The 45 finalists "are chosen without regard to geography or professional interest." Each regional committee will interview 15 candidates and each regional committee will select 6 Luce Scholars.