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The annual selection of fifteen to eighteen Luce Scholars is a rigorous process.

Each candidate must first be nominated by one of the colleges or universities participating in the program. An interview with each nominee will be held in November and December either in person or via skype or telephone. These interviews will be conducted by either Foundation staff members or invited former Luce Scholars depending on the locations of the candidates.

Early in January, approximately forty-five finalists will be selected from the pool of nominees on the basis of both the documentation submitted and interviews conducted, without regard to geography or professional interests. The finalists will be invited to appear, at Foundation expense, before one of three independent selection committees that meet in early February. The Luce Foundation determines the specific selection committee before which a given finalist is invited to appear, primarily on the basis of proximity. The members of a selection committee will each personally interview the fifteen finalists appearing before the committee, from whom five to six Luce Scholars will be chosen. All candidates will receive timely notification. All fifteen to eighteen Luce Scholars will have been named by mid-February. Consultations with the new Luce Scholars about possible placements in Asia begin immediately thereafter.

Each of the selection committees is composed of six distinguished Americans from a wide range of professional backgrounds who serve as advisors to the foundation. Selectors are drawn from the following list:

Terrence B. Adamson, Vice President, Global Law Affairs, Boeing

Judith A. Berling, Professor Emerita, Chinese and Comparative Religions, Graduate Theological Union

Jan C. Berris, Vice President, National Committee on United States-China Relations, Inc.

Richard C. Bush, Senior Fellow, Director, Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies, The Brookings Institution

John C. Bussey, Assistant Managing Editor, Executive Business Editor, Columnist, The Wall Street Journal

Edward C. DuMont, Solicitor General of California

William P. Fuller, President Emeritus, The Asia Foundation

Leonard (Lee) Hockstader, Member, Editorial Board, Washington Post

Debra S. Knopman, Senior Principal Researcher, RAND Corporation; Professor, Pardee, RAND Graduate School

Wendy W. Luers, President, Foundation for a Civil Society

Kelly M. Mack, Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education; and Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope, Association of American Colleges and Universities

George R. Packard, President, United States-Japan Foundation

Lynn S. Paine, John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Harvard Business School

Ralph Samuelson, Senior Advisor and former Director, Asian Cultural Council

Emily J. Sano, Director Emerita, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Margaret A. Scott, Journalist; Adjunct Professor, Wagner School, New York University

Nirav Shah, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health

Michael E. St. Louis, Chief Science Officer for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Missie Rennie Taylor, Media Consultant; Trustee Emerita, The Asia Foundation; Trustee, Asian Cultural Council

Zim Ugochuckwu, Founder, Travel Noire

David C. Viotti, Founder, CEO, SMALLIFY Innovation Lab; Faculty, Executive Leadership Program, University of California, Berkeley; Executive Director, The Westly Foundation

Susan Wallace, Former Director, ING Baring Securities

Lulu Wang, Associate, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Fred Wherry, Professor of Sociology and Departmental Representative, Princeton University

Pauline Yu, President, American Council of Learned Societies

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