Luce Scholars Program

Luce Scholars Program

The Luce Scholars Program will not hold an admissions competition in 2021–22. Please check back in Fall 2022!

The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program 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. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program.

Currently, enrolled students and eligible U.C. Berkeley alumni MUST submit applications to Alicia Hayes, the campus representative.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, who has not reached their 30th birthday by July 1st of the year they enter the program
  • Must have earned at least a bachelor’s degree or reasonably expect to receive that degree by July 1st of the year they enter the program
  • Candidates must be in physical health that will not restrict them from working in a foreign environment

Selection Criteria

  • Candidates MUST be nominated by a participating partner university
  • Candidates must demonstrate an outstanding capacity for leadership, have a record of high achievement, and have mature and clearly defined career interests with evidence of potential for professional accomplishments. All fields will be considered. Personal qualities such as flexibility, adaptability, creativity, humility, openness to new ideas, and sensitivity to cultural differences are as important as academic achievement.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Four letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended 
  • Two photos

The UC Berkeley selection committee will select the University nominees based on the above application materials and criteria.

All UC Berkeley Luce Scholars Program applicants should make an individual advising appointment with Alicia Hayes, the campus representative. 

More information about this opportunity is available here: Luce Scholars Program website.