Winter 2010/2011

Luce Scholars: Exposing a Young Generation of Leaders to Asia

Established in 1974 by the Henry Luce Foundation, and, in partnership with The Asia Foundation, the Luce Scholars Program gives promising young Americans an opportunity to learn about Asia firsthand by living and working for a year in one of 15 Asian countries. The program is open to highly qualified men and women under the age of 29 from a variety of professional fields, including the arts, journalism, law, medicine, science, public health, environmental studies, and international relations.

The Asia Foundation has managed the Luce Scholars Program in Asia since its inception. This year, as a new class of 18 Luce Scholars embarks on their year-long fellowships, we have renewed our partnership with another four-year commitment.

The heart of a Luce fellowship is the institutional placement arranged for each scholar by The Asia Foundation on the basis of that individual’s career interests and experience. Our long history in Asia has created an extraordinary network of relationships with institutions and organizations. Luce Scholars work and live in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Since 1974, nearly 600 Luce Scholars have completed their fellowships in Asia, including Paul A. Gigot, editorial-page editor of the Wall Street Journal; Terrence B. Adamson, Executive Vice President of the National Geographic Society; Dr. Diana Farmer, the world’s first female fetal surgeon; and the Honorable David D. Huebner, U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and the Independent State of Samoa. Many scholars choose to remain in Asia or return there.

The Luce Scholars Program is a living testament to the commitment of the Henry Luce Foundation and The Asia Foundation to building international understanding, and strengthening the relationship between the United States and Asia, one person at a time.

Meet the 2010-2011 class (pictured above-left)