YSEALI Professional Fellows Program

At-a-Glance

Applications accepted October 15 – December 1, 2016. (Some deadlines vary, see specific country information below.)

The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program is a professional development exchange program for the best and brightest community leaders from ASEAN, working in the fields of civic engagement, NGO management, economic empowerment, governance, legislative process, environmental and natural resources management. The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program provides participants a month-long fellowship at U.S.-based non-profit or other organizations, government offices or legislative bodies. Fellows will work with community leaders to enhance their practical expertise, leadership skills and professional contacts to address issues in their home communities. 

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is President Obama’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in ASEAN, deepen engagement with young leaders on key regional and global challenges, and strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and young Southeast Asian leaders. The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program is part of the broader Professional Fellows exchange program.  For more information on the Professional Fellows Program, click here.  For more on YSEALI, click here.

Program Length

1 month

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.

Participants must:

  • Be community leaders, ages 25-35, currently employed and with at least two years of professional experience at the time of application;

  • Have a track record of making an impact in their community, institution or company;

  • Be proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application;

  • Be a citizen of, and currently residing in, one of the ten ASEAN member nations.

Applications are accepted October 15 – December 1, 2016. (Some deadlines vary, see specific country information below.)

Country-Specific Information

Application Information

The program application for the YSEALI Professional Fellows Program is open from October 15 – December 1, 2016 (Some deadlines vary, see specific country information below).  Applicants are limited to applying to only one exchange listed below.

American Councils (Application deadline November 15, 2016)

International City/County Mgmt Association (Application deadline December 1, 2016)

University of Montana – (Application deadline December 1, 2016))

Economic Empowerment: An exchange focused on economic empowerment for young professional leaders from Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

APPLY HERE (Application Deadline: November 15, 2016)

Environmental Sustainability: An exchange focused on the field of environmental sustainability for young professional leaders from Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

APPLY HERE (Application Deadline: December 1, 2016)

Legislative Process and Governance / Civic Engagement: An exchange focused on municipal legislative process and governance for young local government leaders from Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam

APPLY HERE (Application Deadline December 1, 2016)

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