Luce Scholars Program

Application year: 

Senior, Entering Graduate, Graduate


The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia. The program is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it 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 already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program.

Signature of program: 

Experiential Internships in Asia


Under age 29 with a major in any field BUT Asian Studies

Amount of award: 

Stipend and Living expenses





Endorsement Required: 




Scholarship deadline: 

November 1, 2018

Only nominees will continue to work on applications past the 10/16 campus deadline.

Campus deadline: 

September 14, 2018

Duke is allowed to nominate three candidates annually. In order to be eligible for the nomination, you must meet the October 14, 8am deadline. Use the Process PDF at left for application instructions.

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