YSEALI Professional Fellows Program

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YSEALI Professional Fellows Program
  • Applications are now being accepted for Spring 2019 Cohort.
  • Application deadline is November 16, 2018, unless otherwise noted in the application. (Deadlines vary, see specific program information below.)

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 (April-June 2019)


1. Economic Empowerment Fellowship Program (Application Deadline: November 13, 2018)
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.
Apply Online: https://ais.americancouncils.org/pfp

2. Governance and Society Fellowship Program (Application Deadline: November 23, 2018)
Hosted by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), the fellowship is designed around the theme of Governance and Society for 50 international participants from Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam. These exchanges include 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. Select fellows will then welcome their American hosts to their home country for an 8-14 day program to execute follow-on activities based on what they learned in the US.
Apply Online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACYPLYSEALIPFP_Spring2019_Application

3. Environmental Sustainability Fellowship Program (Application Deadline: November 16, 2018)
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.
Apply Online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Spring19_YSEALI_ICMA

4. Civic Engagement Fellowship Program (Application Deadline: November 16, 2018)
Hosted by University of Montana’s Mansfield Center, this program is designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, and build sustainable partnerships between emerging leaders from foreign countries and the U.S. With participant Fellowships as a centerpiece, the program offers a hands-on approach to issues shared by the countries of the Lower Mekong by enhancing leadership and professional skills in civic engagement while building sustainable partnerships. The program features practical lessons that culminate in each Southeast Asian participant developing an Action Plan with follow-on projects supported by the U.S. Fellowship partner, the Mansfield Center, and the Professional Fellows alumni network.
Apply Online: https://mansfieldcenter.submittable.com/submit/123221/thailand-yseali-professional-fellows-application-spring-2019