Luce Scholars Program

Application deadline:   September 6, 2017 (UW deadline)

Launched in 1974, the Luce Scholars Program is aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields. It 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. Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually any field other than Asian studies, including but hardly limited to medicine and public health, the arts, law, science, environmental studies, international development, and journalism.

The UW can nominate three students per year to compete nationally for this opportunity. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 young Americans each year. Placements can be made in the following countries or regions in East and Southeast Asia: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Each scholar spends July and August studying the language of the placement country, and the work assignments run for approximately ten months from September until July of the following year.

Eligibility

Current UW seniors (who will earn their bachelor’s degrees by July 1, 2018), recent alumni, and current graduate or professional students who meet the below criteria are welcome to apply:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • No significant experience in Asian or in Asian Studies
  • Will not have reached his/her 30th birthday by July 1, 2018
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree by July 1, 2018
  • Good physical health
  • Demonstrate leadership capacity, high achievement, maturity

Application Process

The initial application must be submitted by the UW campus deadline of September 6, 2017. A faculty committee reviews applications and selects finalists to interview, after which point the committee will select three nominees. Nominations are then sent to the Luce Foundation by the UW Fellowships offices.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

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