The Henry Luce Foundation's Scholars Program
|Eligibility||Seniors and alumni|
Established in 1974, the Henry Luce Foundation’s Scholars Program annually selects 15-18 “Americans of outstanding promise” from a variety of fields to participate in one-year internships in Asia based on the participants’ career interests and preparation. Rather than offer training for future Asia specialists, this program concentrates exclusively on providing an intensive internship experience in Asia to young Americans who have not specialized in Asian studies and who would not otherwise expect to have such an opportunity during the normal course of their careers. The range of assignments varies widely. Placements have included an architectural firm in Tokyo, a forestry project in Indonesia, a training facility for public administration in Malaysia, a master gardener in Kyoto, a community medicine project in the Philippines, and a banking authority in Singapore. Although each Scholar’s placement provides a professional venue and perspective, the assignments themselves should be viewed as a mechanism through which to gain a broader understanding and appreciation of the culture.
Graduating Seniors, graduate and professional school students, recent graduates, and junior faculty are eligible for the Luce Scholarship. Nominees must be U.S. citizens who by September 1 of the year in which they would enter the program will be no more than twenty-nine years of age and will have earned a bachelor’s degree. Candidates will be considered ineligible if they have a career interest in Asian Affairs, or if they have made this subject an area of academic concentration. A single course or two in this field does not disqualify an individual. Candidates are also ineligible if they have already had significant exposure to Asia. Asian origin, however, does not disqualify an individual Candidates must possess a mature and clearly defined career interest in a specific field and evince strong motivation and potential for professional accomplishment within that field. Candidates should also demonstrate a record of high academic achievement, outstanding leadership ability, more than usual openness to new ideas, and sensitivity to fellow human beings. Candidates will not be judged on the basis of whether they have developed specific plans for the Asian experience although they may have a program in mind. The single most important consideration is a candidate’s potential for leadership and accomplishment both within a chosen profession and as a member of the broader American community. The Luce Scholarship Program differs from other overseas fellowships in 1) its concern with potential for leadership and accomplishment within one of the major professions, and 2) its insistence that candidates have no extensive previous acquaintance with Asian affairs.
Luce Scholars receive transportation, insurance, and a monthly stipend through the period of their participation sufficient to meet all normal expenses in Asia. Additional cost-of-living and housing allowances may be provided to participants in certain locations. Although they may occupy professional positions in Asian institutions or agencies as part of their assignment, Luce Scholars receive no compensation from their local sponsors.
By the campus deadline of October 03, 2014, applicants must submit the following:
- Luce Scholars Program Application from the Luce Scholars website.
- 1,000 word personal statement
- Four letters of recommendation addressed to Linda Dunleavy, Associate Dean of the College for Fellowships.
- An official Brown University transcript (and of all college and graduate work)
- Two Photos. They should be recent Passport-size color photos; print name on the back of both photos.
- UPLOAD your complete application from the Luce Scholars website. Save a PDF of the application and upload it to UFunds, Brown's online application system.
- UPLOAD a PDF of your 1,000 word personal statement to UFunds.
- REGISTER your Referees on UFunds, Brown's online application system. Once you do so, the system will send a request for a reference with login information to the person registered. The referees are then responsible for uploading their references to UFunds, Brown's online application system by the October 3 campus deadline.
- SEND TWO Photos to Linda Sutherland at the address below. They MUST be recent Passport-size color photos: print name on back of both photos.
- SEND hard copies of your official Brown University Transcript and all college and graduate work to Linda Sutherland at the address below. We recommend that you order your transcripts at least three weeks in advance of the campus deadline.
- Please note that when you order your transcript(s)through the Registrar's office, you need to have them addressed to Linda Sutherland, Dean of the College Office, Campus Box 1828. The transcript will be sent directly to Linda in our office.
- Send via email your completed application from the Luce Scholars website to Linda_Sutherland@brown.edu.
- Send via email your 1,000 word personal statement to Linda_Sutherland@brown.edu.
- INFORM your Referees to submit their letters of recommendation to Linda Sutherland via email at Linda_Sutherland@brown.edu. Letters should be addressed to Linda Dunleavy, Associate Dean of the College for Fellowships.
- Send Two Photos to Linda Sutherland at the address below. They MUST be recent Passport-size color photos: print name on back of both photos.
- Send hard copies of your official Brown University Transcript and all college and graduate work to Linda Sutherland at the address below. We recommend that you order your transcripts at least three weeks in advance of the campus deadline.
- Please note that when you order your transcript(s)through the Registrar's office, please have them addressed to Linda Sutherland, Dean of the College Office, Campus Box 1828. The transcript will be sent directly to Linda in our office.