Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Fellowships, US

Apply to be a YSEALI Professional Fellow here. If you are 18-25, you could be eligible to be a YSEALI Academic Fellow.
YSEALI participants travel to DC to mark the end of US trip
YSEALI participants will travel to Washington, D.C., to mark the end of their U.S. trip.

What is it?

Starting in spring 2015, over the course of a year, 250 YSEALI Professionals will have five-week placements in U.S. non-profit organizations and state and local government offices. YSEALI Professional Fellows will work directly with their American counterparts to enhance their practical expertise, leadership skills, and professional contacts to address challenges and create new opportunities their home countries and communities. YSEALI Professional Fellows will work in the fields of:
  • Civic engagement
  • NGO management
  • Economic empowerment
  • Governance
  • Legislative process
  • Environmental and natural resources management
The program will conclude in Washington to allow for engagement with policymakers and networking among YSEALI Professional Fellows from across ASEAN. A select group of Americans who worked with the YSEALI Professional Fellows will then travel overseas to further strengthen relationships, continue to collaborate on issue-based projects, and mentor other YSEALI members.

Who is eligible to apply?

Young professionals from all 10 ASEAN countries who are leading change and innovation in civil society, the public sector, or the private sector. Interested YSEALI members should visit here to apply.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Applicants must be:
  • Between the ages of 25-35 at the time of the application, although exceptional applicants younger than 25 will be considered if they meet all other eligibility requirements;
  • A citizen of one of the following countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam;
  • A resident of one of the following countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam;
  • Currently employed and with at least two years of professional experience at the time of application;
  • Proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application;
  • Eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa.

What are the selection criteria?

  • Demonstrate a strong track record of leadership or positive impact in their community or workplace;
  • Demonstrate knowledge, or professional experience in one of the YSEALI themes: civic engagement, environment and natural resources management, or entrepreneurship and economic development;
  • Demonstrate a commitment or interest to community service, volunteerism, or mentorship;
  • Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States and ASEAN 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 the ASEAN region; and
  • Preferably have little or no prior work, study, or travel experience in the United States.

What is the application process timeline?

May 1 – June 1, 2015: Click here to apply for the Fall 2015 YSEALI Professional Fellows Program.
June 2015: Shortlisting of Applicants, Start of Interviews
July 2015: Interviews Conclude and Finalists Selected
October to November 2015: U.S. Exchange Program Begins

How do I apply?

Visit here to apply.
This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only.  

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