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Call for Applications: YSEALI Professional Fellows Program Fall 2018


March 30, 2018

    Age Range

    25 - 35

    The American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) and the U.S Department of State, in cooperation with The United States – Indonesia Society (USINDO) are pleased to announce the application process and deadlines for the Fall 2018 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program. The YSEALI is the US government’s signature program to strengthen leadership development as well as networking in Southeast Asia, particularly between young leaders from United States and Southeast Asia.

    The YSEALI PFP Spring 2018 will be held from October 6 – November 17, 2018. This year will focus on the theme of governance and society. It is open to young political and policy leaders from Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The YSEALI PFP includes a week of political and policy discussions in Washington, DC; a month-long individual fellowship in an American office; and participation in a three-day global Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, DC. This exchange of ideas and knowledge will serve as a foundation on which to establish sustainable two-way partnerships between the young political and policy professionals from these Southeast Asian countries and their American counterparts, with the goal of strengthening good governance, enhancing economic empowerment, and increasing civic engagement. With the invaluable experience gained from this fellowship, the young leaders from Southeast Asia may identify their generation’s greatest challenges in the region and develop ideas in tackling them.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Must be a citizen of Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam or Thailand and have a professional background and project related to the legislative process and governance
    • Between the ages of 25-35
    • Fluent in oral and written English
    • Provide a comprehensive, well-conceived written framework for a project to benefit civil society or governance in your 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 8-10 days of pre-planned follow-on activities with a fellowship host in support of their individual project
    • Committed to become an active member in the YSEALI community


    International Fellows 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.

    Each fellow will participate in a 4-week intensive individual fellowship in an American office related to his/her professional work and interests. Fellows will receive day-to-day mentoring and guidance from their American fellowship hosts.

    At the conclusion of the program, fellows will return to Washington, DC for a 3-day Professional Fellows Congress where they will interact and share experiences and insights with 250 Professional Fellows from 50 countries around the globe.

    Upon returning to their home countries, select 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.


    Application Instructions and Deadline

    The application is accessible through here or if you would like to see the program at-a-glance you can access this link first. Kindly note, we do not accept direct or hard copy submission.

    Eligible candidates are required to submit the complete application form by March 30, 2018 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 consisting of representatives from ACYPL, U.S. Embassy, and USINDO.

    Should you have any further inquiries and questions, please contact Mr. Elliot Bell-Krasnerat at or Ms. Kaylee Boalt at or by phone at +(1) 202-857-0999