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Luce Scholars Program


The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends and internships for fifteen to eighteen (15-18) 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.

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 in East and Southeast Asia: Cambodia, China and Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.



  • 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 are no more than 29 years old on July 1 of the year they enter the program.
  • Nominees should have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment.



Luce Scholars applicants must be nominated by the Dartmouth College Committee on Graduate Fellowships. Dartmouth College can nominate three candidates for this award. Candidates must submit the following to Scholarship Advising by the campus deadline. The application is available online as a fillable document (Word).

  1. Scholarship Registration Web Form (Submit by email PRIOR to the campus deadline)
    This form provides Scholarship Advising with the necessary information to open an application file and communicate with you about the application process and important deadlines and considerations.
  2. Complete the Nomination Permission Form and Waiver (Submit to Scholarship Advising by email PRIOR to the campus deadline)
  3. Application Form
  4. Personal Statement
  5. Four Letters of Recommendation
  6. Official Transcripts Order an official e-transcript through the Registrar's homepage, and have the transcript sent directly to
  7. Two Passport-sized Photographs

The Committee on Graduate Fellowships will read your application materials and decide on nominations. You will be informed of your status via email.

If you are nominated, you will be required to edit and revise your application essays with the Writing Editor.


Letters of Recommendation

The 4 Letters of Recommendation should be sent to as a PDF or Word document to or by mail to Scholarship Advising, 6201 Parker House, Hanover, NH 03755 or HB6201.

For more information on recommendation letters, click here.


Final Application Submission

The Scholarship Advising office will submit your final application with all materials by the Luce Scholars Program deadline.


Luce Scholars Program Application Schedule

October 1, 2014

Campus deadline for nomination materials

October 31, 2014

Luce Scholars Program Application Deadline

January 2014

Finalists & Interviews announced

February 2014

Luce Scholars Announced


Additional Information

Luce Scholars Program website

Email Scholarship Advising

Frequently Asked Questions


Last Updated: 12/17/14