YSEALI Professional Fellows Program

USINDO in cooperation with the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) and U.S. State Department announced the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program. The 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 Professional Fellows Program (PFP) focused on legislative process and governance for young political and policy leaders from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. The program will provide the fellows with an in-depth, hands-on knowledge of the U.S.’ political processes, as well as strengthen their understanding of American governance, politics, and the legislative process.

As an in-country partner organization of ACYPL, USINDO will disseminate the program information to prospective individuals and institutions (national and local parliaments and governments, NGOs, INGOs, political parties, academics, media, civil societies, etc), as well as work closely with both ACYPL and the U.S. Embassy in the selection process, visa application and pre-departure briefing.


Program Overview

The international fellows from each country will travel to Washington, DC for a 5-day program orientation and federal government overview as well as cultural outings. Then, each fellow will participate in a 4-week intensive fellowship in a separate political, policy, or civil society office with day-to-day mentoring and guidance from a single point of contact, their fellowship host. The fellows will meet their American mentor, an ACYPL alumni, to attend meetings pertaining to current events in the area, and together will develop  a specific project or action plans to be conducted in the fellows’ home country. At the conclusion of the program, all international fellows will return to Washington, DC for a 3-day Professional Fellows Congress where they will interact and share their experiences with other international fellows from different programs.

Upon returning to their home countries, international fellows will work with their American mentors to create an 8-10 day program in which the American mentor will visit each of fellows’ places of employment to learn more about what they do, assist in the continuing implementation of their project, meet with local leaders, as well as enjoy cultural outings.


Call for Applications: YSEALI Professional Fellows Program Spring 2017

USINDO is pleased to announce the application process and deadlines for the Spring 2017 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows ProgramThe program will be held from April 22 – June 3, 2017. The deadline for application submission is on December 1, 2016.


Eligibility Requirements

– Between the ages of 25-35

– Fluent in oral and written English

– Provide a comprehensive, well-conceived written framework for a project to be refined and implemented with input and assistance of an American mentor in their home country

– Self-directed and able to work effectively in cross-cultural settings

– Demonstrated commitment to public service

– Leadership potential in the government, private sector, or civil society

– Committed to organizing an 8-10 day program in their country for an American mentor

– May not hold a dual-US citizenship or have traveled on a J-1 VISA for a Department of State sponsored program in the past two years.


Application Instructions and Deadline:

The application is accessible through ACYPL’s website. Kindly note, we do not accept direct or hard copy submission.

Eligible candidates are required to submit the complete application form by December 1, 2017 the latest. An incomplete or late submission will not be considered. If you were recommended or learned about this program from USINDO (ACYPL’s in-country program partner), please indicate it in the application form.

Only shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the panel consists of representatives from ACYPL, U.S. Embassy and USINDO.

Should you have any further inquiries and questions, please contact Mr. Elliot Bell-Krasnerat Ebkrasner@acypl.org or Ms. Kaylee Boalt at Kboalt@acypl.org or by phone at +(1) 202.857.0999.


Past Fellows:

YSEALI PFP 2015 (Spring)

1. Hans Jong

Reporter, the Jakarta Post

2. Elisabet Jupesta (view testimonial here)

Legal Counsel, Technip Indonesia

3. Denni Nurdwiansyah

Assistant Director and Head of Programs SAMPAN/Friends of Coastal Communities

4. Lia Wulandari Sukirman (view testimonial here)

Program Manager, Research and Advocacy, Perludem Association for Election and Democracy


YSEALI PFP 2015 (Fall)

1. Siska Haryani

Foreign Relations Expert to the Chairman of  People’s Consultative Assembly (DPD)

2. Jensi Sartin

Program Development Manager, Publish What You Pay Indonesia

3. Gigih Septianto

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Charity Lights


YSEALI PFP 2016 (Spring)

1. Lalola Easter

Researcher, Indonesia Corruption Watch

2. Gema Satria Mayang Sedyadi

Junior Researcher, The SMERU Research Institute

3. Maria Agatha Rina Widiastuti

Aide to Head of DPRD Yogyakarta


YSEALI PFP 2016 (Fall)

1. Suwarti Ningsih Kamondo

Economic Development and Fundraising Director, Sikola Mombine

2. Erasmus A. Todo

Program Manager, Institute for Criminal Justice Reform

3. Purnomo S. Pringgodigdo

Coordinator of Legal, Human Resources, Organization and Supervision Division, General Election Commission in Surabaya