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The Luce Scholarship provides funding for graduating seniors, graduate students, and young professionals who have had limited exposure to Asia or Asian studies. The scholarship provides Luce Scholars with the opportunity to gain new perspectives and cultural insights in host countries through immersive living and working experiences in Asia. The scholarship provides a living stipend and provides an immersion experience in Asia for an outstanding group of young Americans who would not otherwise have the opportunity to come to know Asia intimately. 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.

Scholarship Amount

Dependent on country

Annual Number of Scholarships Awarded

  • 15-18 per year


  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • Be a graduating senior, graduate student, or young professional
  • By June 20th of the award year, you must have received a bachelor’s degree and you must not have reached your 30th birthday
  • Have limited exposure to Asia
    • Not have majored in Asian studies
      • May take Asian language or Asia-focused courses without majoring in Asian studies
    • Have spent less than an accumulated total of 18 weeks in one or more Luce Scholars placement countries in Asia since graduating high school

Selection Criteria

  • Academic excellence
  • Outstanding leadership ability
  • Clearly defined interests with potential for professional accomplishments
  • Personal qualities:
    • Resilience
    • Flexibility
    • Adaptability
    • Humility
    • Maturity
    • Creativity
    • Openness to new ideas
    • Sensitivity to cultural differences

Application Material

  • Luce Scholarship Application
    • Personal Statement
    • Photo
  • CV/Resume
  • Transcripts
  • 4 letters of recommendation

University Endorsement Process

University endorsement is not needed for this scholarship. However, the University of Utah may only have 3 Luce applicants from our institution per year.


University Deadline:

National Deadline:


June: Luce Application Opens

October 13, 2023: National Deadline

Early January: Notification of finalists

Early February: Notification of selection

Length of Scholarship

13 months

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