Call for Applications: YSEALI Professional Fellows Program Spring 2020
Deadline: November 1, 2019
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 that the Spring 2020 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program is currently accepting applications. YSEALI is the U.S. government’s signature program to strengthen leadership development as well as networking in Southeast Asia, particularly between young leaders from the United States and Southeast Asia.The YSEALI PFP Spring 2020 will take place from April 18 – May 29, 2020 focusing on the theme of Governance and Society. This prestigious program comprises of a week of political and policy discussions in Washington, DC; a month-long individual fellowship in an American office; and a three-day global Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, DC.This exchange of ideas and knowledge will serve as a foundation for the establishment of a more 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.
- Must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, or Vietnam and have a professional background and project related to the theme of Governance and Society
- Living and working in your home country at the time of the application
- Between the ages of 25-35
- Fluent in oral and written English
- Have at least two years of professional experience at the time of the application
- Provide a comprehensive, well-conceived written framework for a project to benefit civil society or governance in your home country
- Demonstrated commitment to public service
- Leadership potential in the government, the private sector, or civil society
- Committed to organizing an 8-14 day program in your home country for your American host
- Committed to become an active member in the YSEALI community
- Committed to returning to your home country after the completion of the program
- Cannot 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.