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Clare Boothe Luce Scholars & Fellows

A woman's place is in the lab. In the classroom. In the boardroom. On the cutting-edge of innovation.

Clare Boothe Luce was truly a remarkable woman. Her career spanned seven decades and nearly as many professional interests — journalism, politics, the theatre, diplomacy, and intelligence. She was instrumental in establishing the Atomic Energy Commission and became the first American woman to represent her country to a major world power when she was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Italy. Upon her death in 1987, she left the majority of her estate to The Henry Luce Foundation to be used to support women as they enter fields where they had previously been severely underrepresented.

“The purpose of the Clare Boothe Luce Fund shall be to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in science, engineering, and mathematics. I selected such fields of endeavor in recognition that women today have already entered the fields of medicine, law, business and the arts, and in order to encourage more women to enter the fields of science.”

— Clare Boothe Luce, 1987

Since its first grants in 1989 the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) program has become a significant source of private support for women in engineering, science, and mathematics. The widow of Henry R. Luce, Clare Boothe Luce was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. One of her last requests was the establishment of a program that would encourage women to "enter, study, graduate, and teach" in engineering, science, and math programs. To date more than 1,900 young women have been supported.

The program has three categories: 1) undergraduate scholarships and research awards, 2) graduate and post-doctoral fellowships, and 3) term support for tenure-track appointments at the assistant or associate professorship level. All awards must be used exclusively in the United States (not for travel or study abroad). Student recipients must be U.S. citizens and faculty recipients must be citizens or permanent residents. Preference is given for support in physical science and engineering fields and Catholic institutions with strong science programs.


Clare Boothe Luce Scholars & Fellows