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 2017 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program. The YSEALI program strengthens leadership development, deepens the engagement with young leaders on key regional and global challenges, and strengthens people-to-people ties between the United States and young Southeast Asian leaders.
The YSEALI PFP for Fall 2017 will be held from October 7 – November 17, 2017. This program concentrates on enhancing understanding of legislative process and governance. It is open to young political and policy leaders from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam. The YSEALI PFP includes a month-long fellowship at US-based non-profit organizations, government offices, legislative bodies, or private sector organizations. The fellowship will provide the fellows with an in-depth, hands-on knowledge of the U.S.’ political processes, as well as strengthen their understanding of American governance, politics, and the legislative process.This exchange 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 promoting and strengthening civil society, good governance, and mutual understanding.
- Must be a citizen of Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, or Thailand 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 five-day program orientation and federal government overview as well as cultural outings.
Each fellow will participate in a four-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 three-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, 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 by April 14, 2017 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.