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Luce Scholars Program for Internships in Asia

"The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends and internships for eighteen young Americans to live and work in Asia each year. Dating from 1974, the program's purpose is to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program. Candidates must be American citizens who have received at least a bachelor’s degree and who would not have reached their 30th birthday by July 1st of the year they enter the program. Luce Scholar candidates are nominated by sixty-seven colleges and universities. Applications are submitted by eligible institutions in early November. The Luce Foundation cannot accept applications submitted directly to the foundation. After interviews with the foundation's staff, finalists meet with one of three selection panels who choose the eighteen Luce Scholars. Placements and support services for the Luce Scholars are provided by the Asia Foundation, an organization with field offices throughout Asia. The program begins in late June and concludes the following July.

Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually any field -- other than Asian studies --including medicine, the arts, business, law, science, environmental studies, and journalism. Placements can be made in the following countries or regions: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam."

Vassar College has been invited to nominate three indviduals to be considered for this opportunity.

CAMPUS DEADLINE: October 4, this includes all letters of recommendation

  1. Please download the application on the Luce Scholars Website and follow the instructions outlined. 
  2. Contact your referees as soon as possible. Once they all agree to write on your behalf you will register them to submit a letter using the Recommendation Registration Form. If you receive a nomination from the college they will submit their letters in hard copy to the office for fellowships. You must register your writers before you submit your application and inform them that the letters are due by the campus deadline. 
  3. You will upload your transcripts and a confidentiality waiver (if you do not have one on file) using the Recommendation Registration Form, please be prepared to do this when you go to complete the form. 
  4. Submit a PDF version of the online application to fellowships@vassar.edu by the campus deadline. 
  5. Finalists will be invited to interview with the committee on fellowships.

*Passport photos and signed letters of recommendation are not necessary until you are nominated to go forward in the national competition.

The deliberations of the committee are confidential. Feedback will not be provided after the committee meets and makes a decision.

Please contact Lisa Kooperman (LiKooperman@Vassar.edu) with questions about the application process.

For Letter Writers: Candidates should register their references through the Vassar College online application for the campus deadline. Once registered, writers will receive a link to this Letter of Recommendation Submission Form. If you haven't received an email please follow up with the applicant to ensure that you have been registered to write on his/her behalf. You may access this form at any time through this site, however you cannot save information and return to the form at a later date.

Candidates who are nominated to move forward in the national competition will be asked to submit all materials, including letters of recommendation in hard copy to the office for fellowships.

Vassar Recipients

In 2015, O'Mara Taylor, Class of 2012 for work in women's health education.

In 2006, Liana Bianchi, Class of 2001 for work in the area of international policy.

In 2004, Marie Doezema Class of 2000 for work in the area of journalism.

Read more in the Alumnae/i Hub e-newlsetter featuring the Luce Scholars Program!