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 Fall 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, 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.
• Must be a citizen of Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam 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 an 7-10 day program in their country for an American mentor
• Committed to become an active member in the YSEALI community
• 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.
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 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 action plans for a series of follow-on activities 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, select international fellows will work with their American mentors to create an 7-10 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:
Eligible candidates are required to submit the complete application form byMarch 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.