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Luce Scholars Program

Application Materials

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Open to: 
Graduate students
Graduating students
Recent graduates/Alumni
Eligibility requirements: 
  • U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
  • Graduating seniors, recent graduates and young professionals under the age of 30.
  • Candidates with 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 beginning college.
  • Candidates may have taken Asian language or Asia-focused courses on a U.S. campus (without majoring in Asian studies.)


Application Process: 

The Luce Scholars Program will not be recruiting a cohort for the 2022–23 year. They expect to launch a revised admissions process and resume the competition next summer in 2022.


The Luce Scholarship has a campus process and requires a Stanford nomination. Therefore, you need to be aware of two deadlines: a campus deadline and a national deadline. The campus deadline is in mid-October and the national deadline in early November. Stanford can nominate three candidates each year to the Luce Foundation for further consideration. The application process is lengthy and requires many months of preparation.

Should I Apply?

Important information, which can help you determine if a Luce Scholarship is right for you, can be found here:

Additional information about the Luce Scholars Program, including application criteria, can be found at:

Campus Process:

The Campus Application

In order to have an application forwarded as a Stanford nominee, applications must be reviewed and endorsed by a campus selection committee.

Campus Deadline: TBA, October 2022,  at 5pm PT.

Applicants must submit the following by our campus deadline:

  • Register and complete the Luce Scholars Online Application at
  • Luce Scholars Program Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Academic Transcripts – transcripts of all college and graduate work
  • A Photo – a simple head shot. It will be used to facilitate in-person interviews.
  • Request Forms for Four Letters of Recommendation
    • Letters will be uploaded separately by the recommenders. They should be signed on official letterhead. (References should represent a range of academic and professional references)


  1. PDF of application (to be downloaded from Luce application system once you submit your application)
  2. Stanford Luce Cover Sheet (available from our ORC webpage)
  3. Stanford Nomination form waiver (available at the ORC)

Additional Information


How the ORC can help

After reading this website and the official Luce website you should fill out the ORC Interest Form (located at either the top of this page or our ORC homepage). Next, attend an info session. The schedule for current info sessions can be found on the lower left of our ORC homepage: This is your first step in working with the ORC team.

Amount Awarded: 
basic stipend, living allowance, and housing allowance
Number Awarded: 
15-18 awards

About the Luce Scholars Program

Established in 1974 by the Henry Luce Foundation, experiential rather than academic in nature, the Luce Scholars Program is intended for young leaders with limited experience of Asia.  Scholars participate in internships of approximately one year in 1 of 19 Asian countries. (Sri Lanka and Timor Leste were just added in 2019.)

Each placement provides a professional venue and perspective and the assignments are a mechanism through which to gain a broader understanding and appreciation of the culture in which one is living. The following Luce countries include: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.

Successful candidates should have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and clearly defined interests with evidence of potential for professional accomplishments. All fields will be considered.

Administered by Stanford
1 year program