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CONTENTS
1. General Outline
2. Eligibility

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1. GENERAL OUTLINE

The late Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., established in 1936 the Henry Luce Foundation, administrators of the Luce Scholars Program.

One year of work in East and Southeast Asia for 18 young U.S. citizens to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society:
  • Graduating seniors with bachelor degree when program begins late August or alumnae or graduate students all under 30 years old on September 1 of year program begins. Minimum 3.6 GPA.
  • Focused career course. Motivated to accomplish in chosen field. Outstanding academic achievement in field. Remarkable leadership capacity. Particularly open-minded and considerate.
  • Smith students and alumna may possibly be able to apply through another Five College instititution allowed to nominate candidates. The odds of being named a Luce Scholar were last estimated at about 10 percent.
Luce Foundation pays a monthly allowance and costs enabling performance of the program operating in one of 12 countries: Brunei, China and Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Direct applications from students not accepted. Must apply for nomination arrangement through our Fellowships Program.

Not open to those with significant Asian experience or a concentration in Asian Studies or Languages.
Because of the accent on a "focused career course" in candidates, the Luce is suited to those who have established such a personal profile.

Statistics show that those who register earlier fare far better. The deadline to register for the Luce is the end of September. Petitions to register later may be considered from those who show exceptional promise to be successful in the Luce competition.

Check http://www.hluce.org for variations in eligibility criteria, suitability and application process.

The application form is accessible via
http://www.lucescholars.org/ and needs Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or higher, obtainable from
http://get.adobe.com/reader/

For Luce application strategies from past winners, look at the Live to Learn Fellowships Resource link here.

2. ELIGIBILITY

WHEN TO BEGIN WHICH BY SCHOOL YEAR (POST-)GRADUATE OR UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
Graduate Fellowship

DOMESTIC & FOREIGN, OR FELLOWSHIPS ABROAD
Fellowship Abroad

WHERE IN THE WORLD TO USE
East & Southeast Asian Fellowship (12 countries)

GPA AND RELATED MINIMUMS
  • 3.8, outstanding academic achievement in major
(Community involvement, contribution to society, leadership or initiative, all count as much as grade level. Fellowships = character, not intellectualism alone.)

CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS
U.S. citizens only

AGE, SCHOOL-YEAR, OTHER RESTRICTIONS
Only seniors graduating by late August of fellowship year, or recent graduates, all under 30 years old on September 1 of application year.

DURATION OF FELLOWSHIP, AMOUNT OF AWARD
Stipends are awarded monthly to scholars for one year.

CHANCE OF AWARD: ODDS FOR EACH COMPETITION
  • Luce +/- 11% or 1 in 9 chance for the up to two Smith nominees
  • With fellowships requiring Smith nomination, there is first a competition on campus to be nominated. For the Luce, nomination chances are usually 50% or more.
  • It is prudent for seniors applying for high-odds fellowships (Gates, Luce, Marshall, Mellon, Mitchell, Rhodes) seriously to consider also applying for the Fulbright which, even though easier to win, carries immense prestige through its high name recognition.
  • The Fulbright is an ideal gap year for those planning to go on to graduate school.
  • Much material prepared for one fellowship application can be modified to fit another.
  • It is recommended that graduating applicants work also with the Career Development Office so that fellowship applications form part of an overall postgraduate planning strategy. Contact them at x2570 or x2582.
HOW SMITHIES HAVE FARED IN COMPETITIONS
0 fellows out of 3 nominees in the 2 years 2002-2003

COMPETITION CRITERIA IN JUDGING CANDIDATES
How the Foundations Evaluate and Rate Candidates, What They Seek in Candidates & How You are Judged, Plus Other Vital Criteria Considered by the Foundations (PLEASE ALSO CONSULT THE NOTES IN THIS CATEGORY SECTION)

Luce is looking for:
  • Scholars. Not those who think it would be fun to spend a year in Asia. (Of course.)
  • People who look great on paper, and then simply glow in their interviews. Successful interviewees have "confidence," they "light up", and they always are excited and "psyched about their own plans and possibilities."
About the interview:

It is smart and recommended, although they tell you on the website not to make your own plans, to have done a bit of research about the field you're interested in going into in the country where you are most interested in going. For instance, one Scholar was an architecture student at the Yale School of Art, and wanted to go to Japan to learn about skyscrapers... This isn't so much about having plans as knowing about a few possibilities, and taking the initiative/showing the interest in learning about them on one's own.

FORMAL APPLICATION YEAR & TIME OF YEAR
Formal Application Year (Fall Term) Seniors
Late Fall Fellowship (due mid- to late November)

J-TERM GRADUATE ELIGIBILITY
  • Applications are open to seniors graduating the January following the December that applications are finally due.
  • Winners announced following March.
  • First use of fellowship will be about the beginning of the following fall term in the same calendar year as the announcement.
  • Check website &/or email foundation for rule variations, changes before ruling yourself in or out.
LEVEL OF SMITH COLLEGE SPONSORSHIP
Nominee Allocation (up to TWO)

REAPPLYING FOR FELLOWSHIPS
Can win only once. Can apply again only after not winning.

DEFERRING FELLOWSHIPS
Confirm your specific situation directly with sponsoring foundation or fellowship administrators Luce cannot normally be deferred. Internships are arranged.