(CLOSED) 2023 Clare Boothe Luce Program for Women in STEM

Sponsor Name: 
Henry Luce Foundation
Description of the Award: 

A collaborative proposal is being prepared centrally for University Park so the Limited Submission for University Park is closed.

The Clare Boothe Luce Program is dedicated to increasing the participation of women in the sciences and engineering at every level of higher education and to serving as a catalyst for colleges and universities to be proactive in their own efforts toward this goal.

Institutions should review the following Foundation guidelines to determine if they are eligible to apply and for detailed information about the program:

  • Grants are made to four-year degree-granting institutions, not directly to individuals. Applications should only be submitted by those with the authority to apply on behalf of the institution.
  • Minority-Serving Institutions and institutions with high percentages of Pell Grant-eligible students whose institutional mission and/or strategic plan are in clear alignment with CBL Program goals are encouraged to apply.
  • Medical, behavioral, and social science fields are excluded.
  • Recipients in all categories must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Current CBL Grantees - An institution with a CBL grant may not submit a new application before its current grant has been officially closed.
  • Waiting Period - Institutions with a prior CBL grant may not apply for a new grant in any category until five years after the award of their most recent Clare Boothe Luce Program grant (i.e., institutions that received CBL awards in 2019 or later are not eligible to apply for the 2023 competition).

Please see the Clare Boothe Luce Program Guidelines for more detail on the Program and eligibility.

Types of Funding Available

Proposals must fall under ONE of the following funding opportunities. Only one proposal is allowed, regardless of opportunity, from each 4 year STEM Campus:

  • Undergraduate Research and Scholarships - ($300,000 max over 2-years for scholarships and 3-years for research)
    • Undergraduate support may be proposed as one of two types—traditional scholarships to cover educational expenses in designated fields, or research awards to encourage students to pursue graduate education or careers in research. The scholarship or award should be made only after a candidate has declared her academic major, and will continue only while that major is sustained.

      • Type 1  Undergraduate scholarships may be proposed for up to four highly qualified students majoring in the sciences or engineering for their last two academic years. Exceptions may be proposed with an appropriate rationale (e.g., two students for four years or eight students for one year). Scholarships should be made to highly motivated students who have demonstrated significant potential for success in, and have clear promise for, future careers in STEM.

      • Type 2 – Undergraduate research awards may be proposed for up to eight highly qualified students majoring in the sciences or engineering, each for a period of up to three years. Research awards should be made to highly motivated students who have demonstrated significant potential for success in, and have clear promise for, future careers in STEM.

  • Graduate Fellowships - ($300,000 max over 2-years)
    • Graduate fellowships may be proposed for no more than two highly qualified graduate students, who are beginning their doctoral study, for a period of two academic years. Exceptions may be proposed with appropriate rationale. Fellowships should be made to highly motivated students who have demonstrated significant potential for success in, and have clear promise for, future careers in STEM. Fellowships may be calculated to include room and board as well as tuition and other fees and expenses. The size of the fellowship should be commensurate with other prestigious fellowships awarded by the institution.

  • Professorships ($500,000 max over 5-years)
    • A professorship may be proposed for a tenure-track appointment for a faculty member at the beginning of their academic career. The professorship should be proposed for a period of five years, which includes three years of support for salary and benefits and five years of support for the recipient’s career development funds. The institution must intend to support the position after the grant period. The purpose of this award is to identify a scientist or engineer of the highest caliber and to guarantee, early in her academic career, opportunities commensurate with their talents.


    What fields are supported by the Clare Boothe Luce Program?

    • Support is provided in the physical sciences, such as chemistry and physics, and in computer science, biology, mathematics, and engineering. Medical, social, and behavioral sciences are excluded.

    Does the Clare Boothe Luce program have a matching funds requirement?

    • Yes, institutions applying for Clare Boothe Luce Program grants are encouraged to provide some match, or to demonstrate how institutional support will augment the benefits of the grant. The Selection Committee recognizes that resources vary by institution, and will take this into account in determining awards.

    How should CBL student award recipients be selected?

    • Student awards should be made to highly motivated students who have demonstrated significant potential for success in, and have clear promise for, future careers in STEM. Schools may set a GPA minimum but are discouraged from selecting students based solely on GPA. Instead, we encourage schools to select students from a range of backgrounds and prior experiences, including women of color, who possess considerable potential for success in STEM. Institutions receiving grants for student awards will be expected to select recipients based on the criteria detailed in the institution’s proposal.
    Sponsor Final Deadline: 
    May 31, 2023
    OSVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

    Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: [Last name]_CBL-2023) no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

    1. Cover Letter (1 page, pdf):

    • Descriptive title of proposed activity
    • PI name, departmental affiliations(s) and contact information
    • Co-PI's names and departmental affiliation(s)
    • Names of other key personnel
    • Participating institution(s)
    • Number and title of this funding opportunity

    2. Project Description (no more than three pages, pdf) to include

    • Please identify some of the challenges your institution faces in recruiting and retaining women in STEM, including any efforts made to uncover these barriers, its planned institutional solutions, and how a CBL award fits within your institution’s broader goals for mitigating these barriers. (500 words or less)
    • Describe briefly how your institution would support the recipients of CBL funds on campus? (500 words or less)
    • In 500 words or less describe any programs, policies and/or practices specifically aimed at ensuring the equitable recruitment, retention and career development of female students and faculty. Focus on programs that match the category of your request.

    4. 2-page CV's of Investigators

    Formatting Guidelines:

    Font/size: Times New Roman (12 pt.)
    Document margins: 1.0” (top, bottom, left and right)
    Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)

    To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
    This limited submission is in downselect: 
    Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
    OSVPR Downselect Deadline: 
    Thursday, May 11, 2023 - 4:00pm
    For help or questions: 

    University Development is the designated institutional contact responsible for communicating with the Foundation, and the Office of Foundation Relations is collaborating with Limited Submissions on the internal downselect process. Questions concerning the application process and other foundation-related questions should be directed Kate Totino, MS, Associate Director, Office of Foundation Relations (kxf188@psu.edu).

    Questions concerning the limited submissions process may be submitted to limitedsubs@psu.edu.

    University Park: Tonya Peebles (CoE), Tracy Langkilde (ECoS)