Luce Scholars

Open to US citizens only

Deadline: October 11 2018

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 professional backgrounds, the Luce Scholars Program is unique in placing emphasis on leaders who have had no prior experience in Asian affairs and who might not otherwise have an opportunity during the course of their careers to come to know Asia or their Asian colleagues.  A monthly stipend and certain other allowances are provided by the Luce Foundation.  

Penn Deadline: October 11, 2018 


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, 2018.

  • As soon as you have arranged for letters of recommendation, fill out a CURF Recommendation Request Form for each recommender. 
  • Complete Penn’s Request for Nomination application form.  Here, you will upload a single PDF which combines your Luce Scholars Program Application Form (including personal statement) and your unofficial transcript from Penn InTouch (and other institutions, if relevant).  If you do not receive an email confirming your submission within 4 hours, please IMMEDIATELY email to make sure CURF has received your submission.
  • Each applicant must also submit a passport-style photograph upon application. Please either hand-deliver this photograph to the CURF office or mail the photograph to CURF at the address below.
  • 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