Clare Boothe Luce Scholars

To support women who will major in one or more of the following fields:

Astrophysics, Computer Science, Geosciences,

Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics

“Since its first grants in 1989 the Clare Boothe Luce Program (CBL) has become the single most significant source of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering. 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.” The Luce Foundation Clare Boothe Luce Program

Orit Shaer CBL Speaker FY14

What does the Williams fellowship provide for a CBL scholar?

The fellowship will support two summers of paid research (after sophomore and after junior years).  The support in the junior year comes with the expectation that the student will complete an honors thesis in her senior year.Support also includes funds for scientific supplies, as well as funds to attend a professional conference during your time at Williams. Activities will be organized to bring together this year’s cohort as well as those from future years.

Who is eligible for the fellowship?

Any woman who is a sophomore planning to major in one of the above disciplines is eligible for the program, provided she is a U.S. citizen.

Is there an application process?

A student who is interested in being considered for the program must submit a short application (statement of interest and intent) in January. She must declare a major in one of the supported fields in April to be formally elected.

In Spring 2014 we will elect our first cohort of eight CBL scholars.

Application Information (Deadline for submission is February 12, 2014):

CBL – Overview

CBL application                       CBL Application pdf

Supplemental Department Forms:


Computer Science




Questions?  Contact any of the CBL program departmental representatives:

AstrophysicsProf. Karen Kwitter

Computer Science:  Prof. Andrea Danyluk, CBL program co-director

Geosciences:   Prof. Phoebe Cohen

Math/Statistics:   Prof. Susan Loepp

PhysicsProf. Tiku Majumder, CBL program co-director