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Deadline: December 1, 2014

The United States – Indonesia Society (USINDO), in cooperation with the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) and the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce 2015 Professional Fellows Program for young political and policy leaders from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. A total of four Indonesians will be selected for this year’s program (two for this spring and two for the next fall). The spring session will be held from April 25 – June 5, 2015, while the fall session will be held from October 3 – November 13, 2015.


The 2015 Professional Fellows Program will provide international participants with an in-depth, hands-on exploration of the vital role that a diverse civil society plays in our country’s political processes, and how this involvement informs and enhances political transparency and accountability as well as American democracy.


These exchanges 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, mutual understanding, and trust.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Between the ages of 25-35
  • Fluent in oral and written English 
  • Provide a comprehensive, well-conceived written framework for a project to be refined and implemented with input and assistance of an American mentor in their 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 8-10 day program in their country for an American mentor
  • May not hold a dual-US citizenship or have travelled on a J-1 VISA for a Department of State sponsored program in the past two years.

International Fellows Overview


Two 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. Each Friday, the fellows will meet their American mentor, an ACYPL alumni, to attend meetings pertaining to current events in the area, reflect on the week’s experiences, and work on their individual project plans.


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, international fellows will work with their American mentors to create an 8-10 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:

USINDO does not accept direct submission. Kindly note that the application can only be downloaded or submitted HERE. Eligible candidates are required to submit the completed application form by December 1, 2014Incomplete or late submission will not be considered. The final result will be announced on February, 15 2015.

Should you have any further inquiries and questions, please directly contact Ms. Erin Conwell at or +(1) 202 448 9326.