Luce Scholars Program (rising seniors & alumnae)

Direct application deadline: October 1, 2022 [note that as of 2022, no prior campus endorsement is required - but we're still delighted to offer help and advice to Wellesley applicants]

Fellowships Summer Starting Line: Ready, Set, Fellowship!  Fill out this form by June 10 to gain special access to 15 minute advising sessions throughout the summer (don’t worry: you’ll still have access to regular 30 minute appointments through Handshake too!).  As an added bonus, you'll be able to book more than two of the 15 minute appointments at a time (including weekly or bi-weekly recurring meetings), which ordinarily you can't do in Handshake.

Optional Priority Draft Deadline: 11:30 om on July 25, 2022 - if you submit drafts through this Google form by the July 25 deadline you are guaranteed feedback before the relevant deadlines, and you'll get priority in the booking of advising appointments.

The Luce Scholars Program was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia, and who, in the normal, course of their careers, may not have the opportunity to come to know Asia.

Did you know? Camara Jones '76, 2018 Alumnae Achievement Awardee, was a Luce Scholar, and Zoe Sobel '14 won in 2019!



Who is eligible?

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
  • Graduates and seniors who will obtain their bachelor’s degree before the start of the grant on July 1 following application;
  • Applicants under the age of 32 (or if older, within 3 years of earning the bachelor's degree: Davis Scholars, take note);
  • Individuals who have a clear career objective and who have already demonstrated leadership and other professional achievements in their field.

Learn more about this extraordinary program via the official website.  Get inspired: Have a look at the Scholars Directory to see some of the many different kinds of placements possible and read Luce Scholars’ stories.

What makes a strong applicant for this fellowship?

  • The ability persuasively to answer the central questions: “Why you?”, “Why Asia?”, and “Why now?”


How do I apply?

Prospective Wellesley College applicants for the Luce Scholars Program are warmly encouraged to drop in virtually or in person to Fellowship Pop-Ups (see events listings for details), and/or to book a Fellowships advising appointment via Handshake. (Note that appointments are available year-round, and via telephone and video chat as well as in person.)

Cannot find an available appointment? Drop by Fellowships Virtual Pop-Up Advising no appointment required (check this website's Events listings for details). 


Application checklist

See the official instructions and online application found via the Luce website.

Application timeline

Spring/Summer before applying

  • Visit the official website to learn more about the Luce Scholars Program. Have a look at Scholars' stories and perhaps the directory of Luce Scholars to see some of the many different kinds of placements possible.
  • Explore career options and paths in your field, and conduct informational interviews with Wellesley graduates and other mentors further along in their careers than you are, to help you articulate "your long-range professional interests" in the Luce application.
  • Start your official online application (found via the Luce website).
  • Speak with a member of the Wellesley Fellowships team about your application and plans to apply; drop in to Pop-Up Fellowship Advising (see Events listings on this website); and/or book a Fellowships advising appointment via Handshake (appointments available year-round, via telephone and video-chat, as well as in person).
  • Contact your references to discuss your plans to apply for the Luce and to request letters. Solicit their advice on your plans and essays.
  • Start writing! Complete several drafts of your application essay and share with a Wellesley Fellowships advisor, mentors and others for feedback.

Optional Priority Draft Deadline: 11:30 pm EST on July 25, 2022

  • If you submit drafts through this Google form by the July 25 deadline you are guaranteed feedback before the relevant deadline(s), and you'll get priority in the booking of advising appointments during our busiest season.

August/Early September

  • Book a Fellowships advising appointment via Handshake to talk over drafts. [Pro tip: try to meet the optional campus draft deadline, typically in late July or early August, to beat the autumn rush and secure an advising appointment during the busiest season of the year.]
  • Follow up with your reference-writers to confirm they will be able meet the campus deadline.

Direct application deadline: 11:59 pm Eastern US time on October 1, 2022

  • Request that your references submit their letters before this deadline (via the official online aplication system, accessible to applicants via the Luce website).

  • Submit required application materials via the official online application system. 

Early November
Semi-finalists are invited to do virtual interviews with Luce Scholar alumni.

Early January
Luce Scholar finalists take part in interviews.

Mid-to-late January
Luce Scholar finalists are announced.

Early February
Luce Scholars are announced.


Email or call Caitlin Roberts-Donovan at 781.283.2347.