Carnegie Mellon University

Luce Scholars Program

A fully-funded year-long internship experience in East or Southeast Asia.  Scholars are placed by the Luce Foundation with regard to their professional and intellectual interests and goals, and language training for the internship location is provided. 


  • U.S. citizens under the age of 30
  • Graduating seniors, graduate students, and young professionals
  • Limited experience of Asia (less than 12 weeks spent in any Luce country – see list on their website)


The Luce Scholars Program seeks candidates who show significant promise to be leaders in their professional fields, their communities, and society. The mission of the program is to provide a year of experiential learning for future leaders whose professional paths would be enhanced by a greater understanding of Asia.  The specific selection criteria are:

  • Outstanding capacity for leadership
  • High record of achievement in the applicant’s academic/professional field
  • Mature and clearly defined career interests with evidence of potential for professional accomplishments
  • Flexibility, adaptability, creativity, humility, openness to new ideas, and sensitivity to cultural differences 





Unlike with other scholarship programs, all Luce nominees get initial-round interviews. These first interviews may take place via Skype or in person, depending on the location of the applicant.  After the initial interviews, finalists are selected for in-person interviews, which typically take place in late January.  OURSD assists finalists with interview preparation, including organizing mock interviews. Notification of selected and non-selected candidates typically occurs in early February.