Luce Scholarships

Multiple Locations
Term: Academic Year

Provide funding, language training, and professional placements in Asia for one year

Luce Scholarships provide stipends, language training and individualized professional placements in Asia for up to 18 individuals each year who have had limited exposure to Asia (i.e. those who have not majored in Asian studies and who have spent less than an accumulated total of 18 weeks in one or more Luce Scholars placement countries in Asia since graduating from high school. Luce Scholars gain new perspectives on their host countries through placements arranged on the basis of their professional interests, backgrounds and qualifications.

Candidates must demonstrate an outstanding capacity for leadership, have a record of high achievement, and have mature and clearly defined career interests with evidence of potential for professional accomplishments. Personal qualities such as flexibility, adaptability, creativity, humility, openness to new ideas and sensitivity to cultural differences are as important as academic achievement.

Luce Scholars receive a monthly stipend sufficient to meet their normal living expenses in Asia, with awards varying by their placement.


Candidates must be U.S. citizens who, by July 1 of the year they enter the program, will have received at least a bachelor’s degree and will not have reached their 30th birthday. Candidates who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible. They may have spent up to a total of eighteen weeks in one or more countries where Luce Scholars are placed.

University nomination

Columbia University may nominate up to three candidates each year. Students and alumni/ae of Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, the School of General Studies, as well as Columbia graduate and professional schools, are eligible. Candidates may not apply directly for this fellowship without first having been nominated by Columbia.

In order to be considered for nomination by Columbia to the national Luce competition, complete and submit the Columbia brief questionnaire (available by clicking 'Start Your Application Above') in addition to the official Luce online application by the internal deadline provided. Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly through the online application form by the internal deadline stated as well.

Fact Sheet

Arts and Architecture, Foreign Language Learning, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia Alumna/us, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Graduate Students, Senior, U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident
Fellowship Type:
Multiple Locations
Asia and the Pacific
Academic Year

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 12, 2020
Internal deadline