Graduate Fellowships

Each year, the Clare Boothe Luce Program of the Henry Luce Foundation supports a limited number of Graduate Fellowships for women students in the fields of the physical and life Sciences, mathematics, engineering, and computer science.

The Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship is awarded for a period of two academic years to a highly qualified woman who is a doctoral candidate in the sciences and engineering. The fellowship is awarded solely on the basis of academic excellence and professional potential. It consists of an annual (12-month) “service free” stipend for 2022-23, currently valued at $40,165. Tuition, health insurance, and all mandatory fees for the academic year are also covered. An additional allowance of up to $4,000 is awarded to cover educational and professional development expenses.

The Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellowship may be awarded at the time of a candidate’s acceptance into a graduate program, or early (first year preference) in an enrolled candidate’s program to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding promise in one of the designated fields.


Preference is typically given to students in areas where women are most under-represented, and recipients must be US citizens. Candidates are judged on the basis of academic excellence and professional potential.

Application Process

Departments are invited to submit up to three nominations (2 prospective students and 1 first year student). Each nomination should include:

  • A statement of support from the program director or the department chair;
  • and a copy of the student’s graduate school application or the transcript for any current students.

Nomination materials for the Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship should be emailed to the Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs at by the deadline, February 17, 2023 .

Past Graduate Awardees