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October 10, 2008

Luce Scholars Program

Description: The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends and internships for 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 every 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: Brunei, Cambodia, China and Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The annual selection of the 18 Luce Scholars is an unusually rigorous process. Each candidate must first be nominated by one of the colleges or universities participating in the program. The University of Michigan is one of 67 participating universities. These institutions submit to the Luce Foundation two nominees annually from among their graduating seniors, graduate and professional school students, or their recent alumni. For additional program information, visit the Henry Luce Foundation website.

Eligibility Criteria: The University of Michigan must nominate students for this award. Applications submitted by students directly to the Luce Foundation will not be considered. Students who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for nomination to 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 September 1 of the year they enter the Luce 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.

Deadline: Monday, November 3, 2008. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Submission: University of Michigan students and alumni interested in applying to the Luce Scholars Program must submit an application form and additional required documents to the University of Michigan International Institute, 1080 South University, Suite 2660, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106. The International Institute is located on the 2nd floor of the School of Social Work Building at the corner of East and South University. Application forms are now available as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file on the Henry Luce website. Go to http://www.hluce.org/lsapp.html.

Review Process: Staff at the International Institute will review applications, and will invite the most promising applicants for an interview. All applicants will be informed of the results of the University of Michigan review by the end of the fall semester.

Nominated applications are forwarded to the Henry Luce Foundation in early December. The staff of the Foundation performs an initial screening of the nominees on the basis of both the documentation submitted and individual interviews conducted at convenient locations around the country in late December and January. Each candidate is interviewed (usually on the phone) by a member of the Foundation staff during this period. On the basis of this review, the staff of the Foundation refers no more than 45 finalists to three regional selection committees that make the final decisions.
Each of the selection committees is composed of five or six distinguished Americans from a wide range of professional backgrounds who serve as informal advisers to the Foundation in this regard. In recent years, these panels have met in New York, Washington, and San Francisco in late February and early March. Each panel meets with fifteen of the designated finalists. From that number, each panel identifies six Luce Scholars for the coming year.
The 45 finalists are chosen without regard to geography. The determination of the specific regional selection committee before which a given finalist is invited to appear is made by the Foundation primarily on the basis of proximity. Finalists' travel and hotel costs are paid by the Foundation.
The finalists are notified of the actions of the three selection committees within a few days of their meeting, and in no case later than the March 15. Consultations with the new Scholars about possible assignments in Asia begin immediately thereafter. 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 August and concludes the following July.

Campus Contact: Amy Kehoe; akehoe@umich.edu

Posted by zzhu at October 10, 2008 10:14 AM