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Clare Boothe Luce Program Invited Institution Competition: How to Apply

The 2019 competition is now open.

For detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to apply
via the online portal, click here.


November 15, 2018 - 2019 competition opens (online portal opens)
March 1, 2019 - Deadline to submit online Information Form (open to all eligible institutions)
Mid-May, 2019 - Institutions selected to submit full proposals notified
August 1, 2019 - Deadline to submit full proposals (by invitation only)
October – November, 2019 - Selected institutions notified of grant award
March – June 2020 - Disbursement of first award payment
Summer – Fall 2020 - Grant-supported program activities begin


Institutions should review the following guidelines to determine if they are eligible to apply and for detailed information about the program:

  • Grants are made to four-year degree-granting institutions, not directly to individuals.
  • Some biological science disciplines are excluded; medical, behavioral, and social science fields are excluded. Please see the list of included and excluded disciplines.
  • Preference is given for support of women in the physical science and engineering fields in which women are the least well represented.
  • Student recipients must be U.S. citizens; Professorship recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Current CBL Grantees - An institution with a CBL grant may not submit a new application before its current grant has been officially closed.
  • Waiting Period (new restriction) - Institutions with a prior CBL grant may not apply for a new grant until five years after the award of their most recent Clare Boothe Luce Program grant (i.e., institutions that received CBL awards in 2015 or later are not eligible to apply for the 2019 competition).
  • Please review the Invited Institution Program Guidelines.
  • Please review the Frequently Asked Questions.


Institutions interested in participating in the CBL Program Invited Institution competition must apply through our online application portal. Please do not attempt to use the online portal until you have reviewed the instructions.

Clare Boothe Luce Program grants are awarded through a two-step process:

STEP ONE - Information Form Application

The Information Form application requests evidence of the college or university’s strength in science and engineering, evidence of its commitment to Ambassador Luce’s vision of increasing the representation of women in these areas, and other statistical information.

To preview the 2019 Information Form application questions, you may download a PDF copy. Please note, however, that applications will only be accepted through the online portal.

Before You Begin

  • Review the Information Form review criteria: If your college or university is not at, or making significant progress towards, the minimum criteria, you should not submit an Information Form. If your institution’s percentages of women science/engineering faculty are currently below the national average, you should share your institution’s plan for improving your percentages of women faculty. Full proposals are invited based in part on these criteria.
  • Choose a single award category: You will be asked to select one of the following: Undergraduate Scholarships, Undergraduate Research Awards, Graduate Fellowships, or Professorships.
  • Create an account via our online portal. Please allow sufficient time to complete this process and to submit the Information Form. Detailed instructions will guide you through the submission process.

Submission Deadline: The 2019 Information Form must be submitted through the online portal no later than 4:30PM EST,
March 1, 2019

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STEP TWO - Full Proposal Submission

Only institutions explicitly invited by the Selection Committee, following review of Information Form applications, may participate in this phase of the competition:

  • Institutions invited to submit full proposals will be notified mid-May of the competition year.
  • Detailed instructions for submitting proposals via the online portal will be provided when institutions are notified.
  • CBL Invited Institution Program Guidelines will be provided with the invitation to submit a proposal.


For general information about the CBL program and/or the application process, please thoroughly review all of the information available on this website, including linked program documents and FAQs.

If you still have questions, please contact Program Director Dr. Carlotta M. Arthur,, or Program Assistant Bridget Talone, We would be happy to assist you.

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