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Luce Scholarship


Provides stipends and internships for fifteen to eighteen young Americans to live and work in Asia for a year. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian Studies are NOT eligible.

Selection Criteria

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Record of high achievement
  • Outstanding leadership ability
  • Clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment
  • Must be under 30 years old on July 1st of the year the program is entered.

Internal Deadline

Currently on hiatus. Competition will resume Summer of 2022.

How to Apply

Visit the Luce website below to access an online application.  Application components include the following:

  • Application cover sheet
  • Resume
  • 1,000 word personal statement
  • Four letters of recommendation
  • Transcript: The Fellowships and Prizes Office will obtain an unofficial copy of your college transcript. If you are selected as one of Swarthmore's nominees, you will need to secure an official transcript from the Registrar's Office.


Selection Process

  • You will be interviewed in person (or remotely if you are unavailable in person) by members of the Fellowships and Prizes Committee.
  • When all interviews are completed, the committee will select three Swarthmore nominees and notify you of your status.
  • You will have an opportunity to make final revisions to your application before submitting it to Luce. The national deadline is November 1.
  • Within several weeks of submitting your application, a Luce representative will contact you to arrange for a personal interview in your area.
  • Based on the personal interview, you will be notified as to whether or not you are a finalist. All finalists will be interviewed at the national level, and you will be notified within several days after as to whether or not you have been named a Luce Scholar.

Congratulations to ROMAN SHEMAKOV '20, 2020-21 Luce Scholar!