YSEALI Professional Fellows Program

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YSEALI Professional Fellows Program
  • Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2019 Cohort.  

The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program is a professional development exchange program for the best and brightest community leaders from ASEAN, working in the fields of civic engagement, economic empowerment, governance and society, and environmental and natural resources management. The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program provides participants a month-long fellowship at U.S.-based non-profit or other organizations, government offices or legislative bodies. Fellows will work with community leaders to enhance their practical expertise, leadership skills and professional contacts to address issues in their home communities.

Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is U.S. government’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programs and engagements, including U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, regional exchanges, and seed funding, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN community.   The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program is part of the broader Professional Fellows exchange program. For more information on the Professional Fellows Program, click here.  For more on YSEALI, click here.


Participants from Thailand must:

  • Be a Thai citizen and currently residing in Thailand;
  • Be community leaders, ages 25-35, currently employed and with at least two years of professional experience at the time of application;
  • Have a track record of making an impact in their community, institution or company;
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application; and
  • Be a YSEALI member. Join the YSEALI network here.

Period of Fellowship

  • 4-5 weeks (mid-October – mid-November 2019)


  1. Economic Empowerment Fellowship Program (Application Deadline:  April 15, 2019)
    The American Councils for International Education is looking for young professionals interested in coming to the US for a one month professional fellowship. Fellows come from a variety of professional backgrounds including the business world, social innovation and social entrepreneurship organizations, government offices, NGOs, and universities. Each finalist of the program will work in a full-time fellowship placement in a US worksite dealing with issues relating to his or her work at home. While there fellows will gain first-hand knowledge about US organizations and institutions and build networks and relationships with US counterparts. Participate in a fully-funded program with comprehensive on program support. Travel and living arrangements will be covered as well as emergency health insurance, and visa fees on program.
    Program dates: October 15 – November 23, 2019
    Apply Online: https://ais.americancouncils.org/pfp
  2. Sustainable Development and the Environment Fellowship Program (Application Deadline:  April 14, 2019)
    Hosted by The International City/County Management Association (ICMA), this program is for professionals from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. The goal of the program is to create institutionalized long-term partnerships that support these emerging leaders and their institutions in the ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste and the U.S. to inspire change in creating responsive, open, and accountable governance.  Participating host communities have an opportunity to apply for a two-week reciprocal exchange at the end of the program. Selected participants then travel overseas to spend approximately two weeks with their ASEAN and Timor-Leste counterparts on projects of mutual importance.
    Program Date: October – November 2019
    Apply Online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ICMA_YSEALI_Fall19