Luce Scholars

Open to US Citizens & non-US Citizens

Check out this step-by-step guide to the Luce process for potential applicants!

Luce Scholars

In spite of its name, the Luce Scholars Program is experiential rather than academic in nature. At the heart of the enterprise are the internships that are arranged for each Scholar on the basis of his or her specific professional interests, background, qualifications, and experience. Placements can be made in the following countries: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam

Aimed at a very select group of young Americans from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, the Luce Scholars Program is unique in placing emphasis on leaders who have had limited (or no) prior exposure to the region.  A monthly stipend and certain other allowances are provided by the Luce Foundation.  

Penn Deadline: October 11, 2020


Penn’s Application Process

The Luce Scholars program accepts nominations from institutions – students may not apply independently. To apply to be one of Penn’s three nominees, you must complete the following steps by Penn’s Internal Deadline of October 11, 2020

  • Access the Luce online application system (and register your recommenders) here:
  • Complete applications (including letters of recommendation) must be submitted by Penn's Internal Deadline of October 11, 2020 in order to be considered for Penn's nomination.
  • Nominated students will receive further instructions.  


Contact Information

Lauren Orr
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships 
The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk 
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6224
Please call 215-746-6488 to schedule an appointment

Fellowship Availability

Fellowship Location: 

Fellowship Type

Work/Service Teach English

Fellowship Eligibility

Senior Alumni Graduate Student