Application due date:
THE LUCE SCHOLARS PROGRAM IS NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS DURING THE 2021-22 CYCLE. APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AGAIN BEGINNING IN FALL 2022.
Before you start, read this Luce Scholarship overview. See Application Advice for general tips on fellowship applications, advice about seeking recommendations, and examples of essays by winning candidates.
The Luce Foundation has an online application portal. After you have read the information below, you may begin the application here. In the portal you will enter your essays; biographical information; publications, awards, and professional associations; work and travel experience; language expertise; and significant coursework. You will not be able to upload a resume, as the application itself provides space for you to enter all activities. You will also enter the names and contact information of your recommenders.
materials you upload or copy and paste into the portal:
- Personal Statement - (1,500 words) - Use this essay to convey a sense of who you are, and reflect on, among other things, (a) your personal journey; (b) your long-range professional interests and how they have developed; (c) how you have embodied your own kind of leadership; and (d) how a year in Asia with Luce might be transformative.
- Open Essay - (500 words) the instructions are: "please use this space to tell us anything else that may be relevant to your application" - this is your opportunity to expand upon something that you introduced in your personal statement, or to show Luce a side of yourself that is not otherwise mentioned. Think in terms of information that reveals your motivation, character, leadership or interests. Consult with the Director of Fellowships about what might be interesting to include here.
- Additional Background (optional) - in 2020, the foundation added questions that give applicants an opportunity to tell the reviewers aspects of their background, identity, and commitment to a particular community that are important for interviewers and selectors to consider. There is also a space to explain how these factors have influenced the applicant's motivation or trajectory, if that is not discussed in the personal statement.
- Transcripts (official) from Amherst College and all study abroad or transfer institutions. Please request an official AC version since the unofficial version does not include the name of the College. You willl upload these to the Luce portal, either as an electronic version or as a pdf scan of the paper version.
- A simple headshot photo (like a passport photo) with a plain background, needed for interview identification
materials you request from others
- Four Recommendation letters Please include each person’s name, title, address, email, and phone number. For seniors, two letters must be from faculty; the others may be from faculty or people you know in a professional capacity (internships or other work; professional associations; administrators who have witnessed your leadership or service). Before entering their names in the portal, contact your recommenders to explain the Luce Scholarship to them, and ask them to read the information for recommenders on the Luce Overview page. Alert them that the internal deadline is October 13, 2021 and they should upload their letters to the portal by that date. We will retrieve them from there.
additional Materials & INTERVIEW FOR nominees
If you are selected by the College for nomination, the Director of Fellowships will return your application to you within the portal. You will have a small window of time in which to revise your materials and complete a form explaining your expected location during Luce finalist interviews, which occur in late January/early February. Your revisions and additional form must be completed, and the application re-submitted, by OCT 27th. As part of the application, Luce conducts "first round" interviews with all nominees either by Skype or in person during November & December. This is different from the finalist interview; it is considered part of the application.
Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships
212 Converse Hall, 413-542-2536, email@example.com
Eric Myers, Associate Director, Fellowships
Mailing address: Office of Fellowships, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002