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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

October 8, 2018

How to Apply

Request an application by emailing or calling 610-328-8363. Turn in all the following materials to Parrish 115 or 119 by the internal deadline, above:

  • Application
  • Resume
  • 1,000 word personal statement
  • Four letters of recommendation (Recommenders must submit signed, hard copy letters to Parrish 115 or 119.)
  • 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

  • After submitting your application materials, you will be interviewed in person (or by telephone if you are unavailable in person) by members of the Fellowships and Prizes Committee.
  • When all interviews are completed, the committee will select Swarthmore's 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 in early November.
  • Within several weeks of submitting your application, a Luce representative will contact you to arrange for a personal interview in your region.
  • 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 Mayra Tenorio '15, 2018-19 Luce Scholar.