Connecting People & Ideas to Advance Mutual Interests in U.S.-Asia Relations

Update from September 24, 2021:

Due to the ongoing international travel restrictions imposed by COVID-19 and difficulties in planning travels, the Foundation decided to extend the application deadline again. With the developments on the vaccine rollout and slow but steady improvements in COVID recovery, the Foundation believes that the Luce program’s Asia study tour will be possible in mid-2022, and thus are extending the application deadline to November 8th, 2021. Please feel free to send Ari Lee at any questions about the program.

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Update from April 16, 2021:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Foundation has again decided to extend the application deadline for Cohort 2 to September 27, 2021, in order for prospective applicants to be able to make a more informed decision about the international and domestic travel that is required of program participants.

We appreciate your flexibility and understanding during these uncertain times. The Foundation will maintain continuous communication with our potential applicants.

Update from Jan 26, 2021:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Mansfield Foundation, in consultation with the Henry Luce Foundation, has made the difficult decision to extend recruitment for the second cohort of the Mansfield-Luce Asia Scholars Network. The application deadline for Cohort 2 has been extended to June 2021. Future updates will be posted here and communicated separately with applicants who have already completed their applications. Thank you so much for your interest in our program.

* The Foundation plans to announce in April (or May at the latest) the exact application deadline date, in accordance with global health developments and the Foundation’s risk management plan. 

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The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is pleased to announce the recruitment of the second group of scholars for the Mansfield-Luce Asia Scholars Network. The vast geographic size and diversity of East Asia have created unfortunate divides between Northeast and Southeast Asia specialists. Given the complex nature of the region and its growing integration, these divides serve as an obstacle to understanding the complexities of contemporary Asia as a whole. They also compromise efforts to create cohesive and sustainable U.S. policies to advance its vital national interests across a region that will decisively shape the 21st century. This initiative, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, was launched with our first cohort in 2019 and continues this effort to inform Asia specialists in the United States about growing regional integration in Asia, as well as foster the growth and connectivity of U.S. specialists with the ability to think holistically about the world’s most dynamic and strategically important region.

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of the Mansfield-Luce Asia Scholars Network is to identify and connect American scholars and practitioners specializing in Asia who demonstrate an interest in and extraordinary potential for becoming policy intellectuals. This program is designed for recent graduates of PhD or doctorate degree programs, junior faculty, or policy practitioners who have an interest in becoming policy intellectuals. We will support them in this effort in order to expand connections between scholars and practitioners, helping to reinvigorate policy-relevant scholarship on contemporary Asia with the ultimate goal of contributing to the formulation of a more cohesive and sustainable U.S. approach to the Indo-Pacific. These scholars will include regional specialists with diverse expertise and perspectives who can participate constructively in the policymaking process in the mid- and long-term and contribute to better understanding within U.S.-Asia relations by teaching and inspiring future generations.

Eligibility and Terms

All applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents and possess a PhD or equivalent degree/experience with expertise in Southeast or Northeast Asia studies. The program is targeted at scholars with a professional interest in U.S.-Asia relations and at professionals who have a strong engagement with Asia and work experience in policy-relevant fields.

Participants must be fully dedicated to the one-year program and able to participate in all scheduled meetings. Network participants will be expected to participate in: a two-day policy workshop in Washington, DC for select scholars (May 2022); a long weekend retreat in Montana (June 2022); a two-week study trip to Asia (August 2022); and a publication launch event in Washington, DC (October 2022).

Throughout the one-year program, participants will be expected to: develop their network of contacts; engage with other Network members and advisors; research and draft a concise policy paper on a topic of their choosing relevant to U.S.-Asia relations; optionally produce op-ed pieces, policy commentary, and podcasts on important policy issues in U.S.-Asia relations; engage others in the academic and policy fields with what they have learned; prepare for and actively participate in the program’s retreat and study trip; and participate in group activities and support the program’s larger goals and objectives. Policy papers will be submitted to the Foundation and edited into a publication for dissemination at the end of the one-year period, overlapping with the start of the next cohort. Financial support for those selected is limited to coverage of travel, accommodations, and meal expenses associated with participation in program meetings and study trips.

Applications and Selection

For an application and application instructions, please go to:

Applications are due November 8, 2021, no later than 5:00 p.m. (ET), and can be submitted electronically to Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and participants will be announced a month after the application deadline. The Mansfield Foundation will select up to twelve participants for this cohort.

For further information, please contact Ari Lee, Associate Director of Programs, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation at


The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization that promotes understanding and cooperation in U.S.-Asia relations. Maureen and Mike Mansfield’s values, ideals, and vision for U.S.-Asia relations continue through the Foundation’s exchanges, dialogues, research and educational programs, which create networks among U.S. and Asian leaders, explore the underlying issues influencing public policies, and increase awareness about the nations and peoples of Asia. The Foundation has offices in Washington, DC; Tokyo, Japan; and Missoula, Montana.

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The Henry Luce Foundation is a private, independent foundation that seeks to enrich public discourse by promoting innovative scholarship, cultivating new leaders, and fostering international understanding. The Foundation advances its mission through grantmaking and leadership programs in the fields of Asia, higher education, religion and theology, art, and public policy. Established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time, Inc., the Foundation’s programs today reflect the value Mr. Luce placed on learning, leadership, and long-term commitment in philanthropy.