The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program in the United States

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Deadline : March 31, 2020 .  

The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program is now open for applications. The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program provides emerging leaders ages 25-35 the opportunity to spend five weeks in the United States, including four weeks working directly with American counterparts in individually tailored work placements with relevant private and/or public sector organizations.  During these placements, Fellows build their practical expertise, leadership skills, and professional networks.

The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program offers exchange opportunities for mid-level professionals, 25 - 35 years old who are passionate about the specific themes:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Governance and Society
  • Sustainable Development and the Environment

Benefits

  1. All travel, lodging, and meals for the Southeast Asian Fellows while in the U.S. are covered by the grant.
  2. The Fellows will stay in hotels during much of the program. However, an important component of the program is a cultural introduction to the U.S. They will work with U.S. fellowship hosts to arrange for a three-week home stay for each Southeast Asian Fellow during the program.

Eligibility

Successful applicants should be:

  • Young professionals from all 11 YSEALI countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam) who are leading change and innovation in civil society, the private sector, or the public sector.
  • emerging leaders in government, civil society, or the private sector who have demonstrated expertise pertaining to the respective theme;
  • mid-level professionals, 25 to 35 years old at the time of participation in the program, who, at a minimum, are currently employed and have two or more years of relevant professional work experience;
  • candidates who have demonstrated proficiency in both written and oral English that qualifies them to have “working-level knowledge of English” that has been verified by the implementing partner;
  • candidates who are self-directed and able to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting; and
  • candidates who are genuinely interested in developing an individual project of their own selection in their home workplace or community.

Desired 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 Professional Fellows Program themes: Civic Engagement, Economic Empowerment, Governance and Society, or Sustainable Development and the Environment;
  • Demonstrate a commitment or interest to community service, volunteerism, or mentorship;
  • Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States, ASEAN, and Southeast Asia 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 region; and
  • Preferably have little or no prior work, study, or travel experience in the United States.

Application

To apply   Click Here

For more information, visit YSEALI Professional Fellows