Henry Luce Foundation Awards Prestigious Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellowships to Northeastern University

Northeastern University is honored to be the recipient of an award from the Clare Boothe Luce Program for Women in STEM to support fellowships for women pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical, Electrical, Computer Engineering or Physics.

Since its first grants in 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program for Women in STEM has become the single most significant source of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering in Higher Education in the United States. Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. In her bequest establishing this program, she sought “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in science, mathematics and engineering.

Each fellowship recipient will be admitted with 5-years of funding – a combination of Clare Boothe Luce Program funds and institutional resources – receive a stipend for annual living expenses, a full tuition scholarship, health insurance, student fees, and professional development funds.

In addition to pursuing research, these selected Fellows will have access to Northeastern’s faculty and facilities, and a series of professional development activities offered through the University’s PhD Network. The fellows will receive funding flexibility to support interdisciplinary research, and an opportunity to receive personalized mentoring and joining LEADERs program, a leadership and experiential learning program for PhD students.

The Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship is to be awarded at the time of acceptance into the graduate program or immediately after to exceptional female students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, choosing to pursue PhD in the above-mentioned fields. Students will be selected from a range of backgrounds based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership and service to discipline and broader communities and strong communications skills.

As a tier-1 research university, Northeastern puts a premium on high-impact discovery. Students and faculty tackle challenges while working across disciplines, in fields from health and security to sustainability. And in our pioneering experiential PhD programs, students learn in environments relevant to their research, such as companies, laboratories, nonprofits, universities, and global organizations. Northeastern is excited to partner with the Clare Boothe Luce Program to support these students in their endeavors and advance the emerging generation of women leaders in STEM.