The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Foundation builds upon the vision and values of four generations of the Luce family: broadening knowledge and encouraging the highest standards of service and leadership. A not-for-profit corporation, the Luce Foundation operates under the laws of the State of New York and aims to exemplify the best practices of responsible, effective philanthropy.
The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities.
The Luce Foundation pursues its mission today through the following grant-making programs: American Art; Asia; Luce Scholars; Theology; Higher Education; the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs; Public Policy; and the Clare Boothe Luce Program for women in science, mathematics and engineering.
Higher Education Application Guidelines
These are the guidelines for the Higher Education Program. You should also familiarize yourself with the Foundation’s general guidelines before beginning the application process.
The Higher Education Program welcomes excellent, innovative proposals from all kinds of institutions and organizations and encourages inquiries from those that are less well-resourced and/or that seek to serve disadvantaged or marginalized communities.
Higher education program grants have several characteristics:
Grants awarded to to colleges and universities through the Higher Education Program should focus on at least one of the particular strategies described below:
Letters of inquiry can be submitted at any time through our online portal. Should you have questions in advance of completing the Letter of Inquiry, you may e-mail them to Mr. Sean Buffington, Program Director for Higher Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Program does not contribute to: