Me in my kimono, made for me by my "adoptive" Japanese mother.
Kimberly Palmer '01, Luce Scholar to Japan 2001-2002.

Purpose: The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends and internships for fifteen to eighteen young Americans to live and work in Asia each year. Dating from 1974, the program's purpose is to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society.  In spite of its name, the Luce Scholars Program is experiential rather than academic in nature. Some Scholars have been attached to Asian universities in teaching or research capacities, but none of the participants is formally enrolled as a student in a college or university and no academic credit is extended. The placements are intended primarily as learning opportunities for the Scholars. Certainly it is hoped that a Scholar will be able to make a professional contribution to the host organization, but equally important is a willingness to learn some of the many things that Asia has to teach.
Placements can be made in the following countries or regions in East and Southeast Asia: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Eligibility: Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program. Candidates must be American citizens who have received at least a bachelors degree and have not reached their 30th birthday by September 1 of the year they enter the program. Nominees should have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment.

Award amount and conditions: Job placement and housing in Asia as well as basic stipends.

Number offered: 15-18 scholars per year. Amherst can nominate up to 3 candidates.

Deadline: Preliminary applications are due in the Office of Fellowships in early October (see Deadlines and Events).

Application materials: Preliminary application forms are available on this website in the fall of the year you wish to apply (see How to Apply).

Official website address: www.hluce.org/lsprogram.aspx

For more information:


Denise Gagnon
Director of Fellowship Advising
413-542-2536 Fax: 413-542-8555
The Office is located in
212 Converse Hall.

The mailing address is:
Office of Fellowships
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002

                                                                                                         My best friend Asako, far right, with her mom and sister -- her family "adopted" me in Japan.
Kimberly Palmer '01, Luce Scholar to Japan 2001-2002.

Converse Hall

Office of Fellowships
213 Converse Hall
Amherst College
Amherst, MA  01002

Fax. 413-542-8555

Denise Murphy Gagnon
Director of Fellowship Advising

Suzanne Fogel Spencer
Fellowships Coordinator