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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 individuals to be considered for this opportunity.

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

  1. Please visit the Luce Scholars Website and follow the instructions outlined.
  2. The application must be submitted electronically through the Luce application system 
  3. If you do not have one on file, download and submit the confidentiality waiver to
  4. Finalists will be invited to interview with the committee on fellowships.

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

Please contact Lisa Kooperman ( with questions about the application process.

Vassar Recipients

In 2019, Frank NaJarro, Class of 2018 for his work within anthropology and the marginalization of our elderly population

In 2017, Sophia Wallach, Class of 2015 for meditation studies.

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!