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The Committee offers programs for Harvard students who wish to conduct research or study outside of Cambridge. Please review the information below to learn more about these opportunities.

The Luce Scholars Program in Asia

PLEASE NOTE: The Henry Luce Foundation will not be recruiting a cohort of Luce Scholars for 2022–2023. (Therefore, Harvard will not hold a fellowship competition in 2021–22).

Each year, the Henry Luce Foundation invites Harvard University to nominate three students or recent alumni as candidates for the Foundation’s national search for fifteen to eighteen Luce Scholars.

The goal of the Luce Scholars Program is to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program is aimed at young Americans in a variety of professional fields who have limited experience in Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia. The Luce Scholar Year is a cultural and experiential opportunity rather than an academic one. Students are not enrolled in colleges or universities and no academic credit is extended for the program. Luce Scholars gain new perspectives and cultural insights through immersed living and working experiences in Asia. A professional placement is individually arranged for each scholar on the basis of his or her professional interest, background, and qualifications.

Presently, the Luce Foundation can place Scholars in the following countries or regions: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.

The Luce Scholars competition is open to Harvard College seniors, recent graduates of Harvard College, Harvard graduate students, and recent graduates of Harvard graduate or professional schools. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents who have not reached their 30th birthday by June 20th of the year they enter the program.

Scholars receive a monthly stipend from the Foundation sufficient to meet normal expenses in the country of their placement. Travel expenses, a one-time freight shipment, and medical and travel insurance are provided for scholars and their spouses.

We are leaving the guidelines document for the 2021-22 on the website to give interested candidates an idea of what is required and how the process works. Please note, however, that these guidelines may change for 2022-23. Guidelines for Academic Year 2021-2022

For more information, please contact Rebecca Lock

Applicants must submit an application through the Luce Foundation's