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YSEALI Professional Fellowship Program in United States

Fully Funded YSEALI Professional Fellowship Program in United States

Fully Funded
Country: USA
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Applications call for 2020 YSEALI Professional Fellowship Program in the United States


The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program provides emerging leaders ages 25-35 the opportunity to spend five weeks in the United States, including four weeks working directly with American counterparts in individually tailored work placements with relevant private and/or public sector organizations. During these placements, Fellows build their practical expertise, leadership skills, and professional networks.


  • Civic Engagement ( for emerging civil society/NGO leaders who focus on underrepresented populations).
  • Economic Empowerment (for emerging entrepreneurs and community leaders who focus on economic development).
  • Governance and Society ( for emerging policymakers, political leaders, public administrators, journalists and NGO leaders who focus on legislative/governance processes and practices).
  • Sustainable Development and the Environment ( for emerging urban and green space planners, planning and sustainability directors, natural resource managers, and also other private and public sector leaders who focus on sustainable development and environmental issues).


Moreover, YSEALI Professional Fellowship Program young professionals from all 11 YSEALI countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam) who are leading change and innovation in civil society, the private sector, or the public sector. In addition to that, candidates must have the following features

  • Candidates must be emerging leaders in government, civil society; or the private sector who have demonstrated expertise pertaining to the respective theme;
  • Should be mid-level professionals, 25 to 35 years old at the time of participation in the program, who, at a minimum, are currently working and have two or more years of relevant professional work experience;
  • Candidates must have demonstrated proficiency in both written and oral English that qualifies them to have “working-level knowledge of English”.
  • Candidates must be self-directed and also be able to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting; and
  • Furthermore, candidates should have a genuine interest in developing an individual project of their own selection in their home workplace or community.

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrate a strong track record of leadership or positive impact in their community or workplace.
  • Similarly, demonstrate knowledge, or professional experience in one of the YSEALI Professional Fellows Program themes Civic Engagement, Economic Empowerment, Governance, and Society, or Sustainable Development and the Environment.
  • Also, demonstrate a commitment or interest to community service, volunteerism, or mentorship;
  • Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States, ASEAN, and Southeast Asia as a region.
  • Be willing to actively participate in a professional work environment to develop professional capacities and leadership skills.
  • Have a commitment to return to their home country to apply leadership skills and training to benefit their community, country, or region.
  • Furthermore, preferably have little or no prior work, study, or travel experience in the United States.

YSEALI Fellowship FAQs

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Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline31 March,2020
Open toYSEAN Countries
OrganizerYSEALI (Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative)



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