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

Edit: Due to overwhelming number of requests, we will be extending the deadline for the Mansfield-Luce Scholars Network program’s application deadline to October 1, 2023.

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is pleased to announce the recruitment of the third 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 its 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 are 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 U.S. residents and possess a PhD or equivalent degree/experience with expertise in Southeast or Northeast Asia studies. Candidates may include recently graduated PhDs, those pursuing a doctorate degree, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor-level academics, and policy practitioners.

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 (November 2023); a long weekend retreat in Montana (April or May 2024); a two-week study trip to Asia (June or July 2024); and a publication launch event in Washington, DC (October or November 2024).

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:

Application deadline extended on August 17: Applications are due October 1, 2023, 11:59 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.