Luce Scholars Program
Is it for you?
The award provides for a year-long internship in Asia, arranged for each Scholar on the basis of their specific interests, background, qualifications, and experience. The program was designed as a cultural experience for young leaders who have had no prior exposure to Asia or at least to their intended host region, and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia or their Asian counterparts and contemporaries. The program seeks to broaden their professional perspective and to sharpen their perceptions of Asia, of America, and of themselves.
What are the key dates?
Information Sessions: Representatives of the Luce Scholars Program are offering the following webinars:
- Wednesday, June 14, 3 pm ET – General session on the Luce Scholars Program – register at https://hluce-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JvoDt_49QqetPI4uVDSCzg
- Tuesday, July 25, 3 pm ET – Program and application review – register at https://hluce-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CD7yxdotSlyvmXO9zHi60w
- Tuesday, August 8, 3 pm ET – General session on the Luce Scholars Program – register at https://hluce-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_u8kDfBzUQhmuaXLzB9DG0Q
- Monday, September 18, 3 pm ET – Program and application review – register at https://hluce-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HKejEktkQCWq1ob8ueu8eg
- Thursday, September 28, 5 pm ET – Program and application review – register at https://hluce-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7sr_h1x9TUGajB6LASBLpA
NFP deadline for draft review: October 6, 2023
Official deadline: October 16, 2023
Are you eligible?
Candidates for the Luce Scholarship must:
- be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
- be graduating seniors, recent graduates, or young professionals under the age of 32, OR if older than 32, must have received their bachelor’s degree within the past three years.
- not have spent a significant amount of time (18 weeks or more since beginning college) in more than one of the countries in Northeast, Southeast, and South Asia where Luce Scholars are placed. Candidates who have spent 18 weeks or more (since beginning college) in only one of the countries where Luce Scholars are placed are eligible to apply, but will not be placed in the country where they have spent significant time.
How do you work with the NFP?
As of 2022, no institutional endorsement is required for applicants to complete the Luce Scholars application and for this reason there is also no internal campus deadline at JHU, only a deadline for submitting drafts for applicants who wish to receive feedback from NFP. Applicants simply submit their complete application to the online portal by the official deadline. You can find the website below in the “Have a closer look” section. The NFP can provide feedback on your application materials (if submitted to NFP by the deadline noted above) and works with Luce finalists to help prepare them for interviews. We also host a Canvas course for applicants with resources, including sample essays. To request access, please email us at email@example.com.
The timeline gives an overview of the application process and when to reach out to us. In preparation, see “have a closer look” below for more resources about the Luce.
|Summer/early Fall||Contact NFP to learn more; begin working on application materials|
|mid-October||Meet Luce official deadline|
Are you competitive?
About 18 scholarships are awarded each year. By the official deadline, applicants must complete and submit the Luce online application, which includes:
- Biographical information and responses to a few short answer questions.
- A personal statement that should convey a sense of who you are and reflect on your personal journey, your long-range profession interests and how they have developed, how you have embodied your own kind of leadership, and how a year in Asia with Luce might be transformative.
- An informal 1-2 minute video response based on the provided prompt.
- Two letters of recommendation, which may come from academic or professional references. Recommenders must upload their letters (in PDF, signed, and on letterhead) to your Luce online application.
- Academic Transcript(s) for all college and graduate work.