Luke Cianciotto Wins Princeton in Asia Fellowship

Luke Cianciotto Wins Princeton in Asia Fellowship

Luke Cianciotto

Senior Luke Cianciotto, a social policy major, won a Princeton in Asia fellowship. He was awarded the highly selective fellowship to work in Hong Kong. He will be teaching English at Hong Kong Shue Yan University.

“I wanted to apply to Princeton in Asia because I wanted the opportunity to really immerse myself, spending a year or more, somewhere else in the world, in hopes of learning a new language, experiencing a different culture, teaching students and learning from them as well, making friends on the other side of the world,” says Cianciotto, who has a second major in international studies.

“My mom's side of the family is from China, so Princeton in Asia seemed like the perfect opportunity to do this while also learning more about where my family is from,” Cianciotto says. He adds that Hong Kong has some of the best skateboarding spots in the world, “so that was an added bonus.”

To promote cross-cultural understanding with Asia, Princeton in Asia awards 265 fellowships for talented U.S. graduates to do service in 21 countries across Asia. This nonprofit affiliated with Princeton University grants fellowships primarily for teaching but also for work with nongovernmental organizations, media and business.

At Northwestern, Cianciotto is a member of the SESP Leadership and Programming Board. He has also been active with many campus activities including Associated Student Government, Wildcat Welcome, Mayfest, Greekbuild, Northwestern Community Building Initiative, Dance Marathon and Global Engagement Summer Institute. Last summer he served as a federal affairs intern at the Wildlife Conservation Society in Washington, D.C.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/13/16