About the Scholarship
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. Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually every field other than Asian studies. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Scholars each year. A professional placement is individually arranged for each Scholar on the basis of his or her professional interest, background, and qualifications.
Placements can be made in the following countries or regions: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
- be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
- be graduating seniors, recent graduates and young professionals under the age of 30. By June 20 of the year they enter the program, candidates must have received at least a bachelor’s degree and will not have reached their 30th birthday.
- have limited exposure to Asia, i.e. those who have not majored in Asian studies and who have spent less than an accumulated total of 18 weeks in one or more Luce Scholars placement countries in Asia since graduating from high school. Candidates may have taken Asian language or Asia-focused courses (without majoring in Asian Studies).
USC seniors or alumni who demonstrate the following traits are invited to apply for campus endorsement:
- Record of high academic achievement.
- Outstanding leadership ability, broadly defined by the following characteristics: initiative, creativity, the respect of one’s peers, maturity, strength of character, self-confidence tempered by self-awareness, a sense of responsibility, sensitivity, a positive personality.
- Clearly defined interests with evidence of potential for professional accomplishments. All fields will be considered.
- Personal qualities such as resilience, flexibility, adaptability, humility, maturity, creativity, openness to new ideas, and sensitivity to cultural differences are as important as academic achievement. The Luce Scholars Program is experiential rather than academic in nature.
Candidates are not judged on the basis of whether or not they have developed specific plans for their year in Asia. A candidate may have general ideas about the kind of placement preferred, but this is not considered as either a negative or positive factor.