Application Deadline: May 23rd 2016
Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is U.S. President Barack Obama’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. YSEALI focuses on critical topics identified by youth in the region: civic engagement, environment and natural resources management, and entrepreneurship and economic development.
The YSEALI community consists of bright young leaders, 18–35 years old, from Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam who are making a difference in their communities, countries, and the region.
Apply for an opportunity to attend a five-week institute on the campus of a U.S. university or college studying one of the following topics:
– Civic engagement
– Environmental issues
– Social entrepreneurship and economic development
YSEALI Academic Fellowships include leadership development, an educational study tour, local community service activities and opportunities to engage with American peers. The program concludes in Washington D.C. YSEALI Academic Fellowships are available to current undergraduate or graduate students as well as recent graduates ages 18-25. Fellows must be a citizen and resident of one of the ASEAN member countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Fellows must be proficient in English.
Country Specific Information:
Announcements and application for YSEALI exchange programs can be found on the Embassy YSEALI page on
Questions? Contact: U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan at: EmbassyBruneiPAS@state.gov.
Announcements and applications for YSEALI exchange programs can be found here .
Questions? Contact the U.S. Embassy in Yangon at RangoonUSECA@state.gov.
Announcements and application for YSEALI exchange programs can be found here http://cambodia.usembassy.gov/yseali-fellows-academic.html
Questions? Contact: Mr. Sarim Mardi, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcements and application for YSEALI exchange programs can be found here .
Questions? Contact: U.S. Embassy Jakarta: (021) 3435-9524; E-mail: YSEALIjkt@state.gov
Announcements and application for YSEALI exchange programs can be found here.
Questions? Contact: U.S. Embassy Vientiane at YSEALI_laos@state.gov
Application information and instructions for the YSEALI Academic Fellows Institutes can be found here.
Questions? Contact: U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur at KualaLumpurYSEALI@state.gov
Citizens and Permanent Residents of the Philippines aged 18-25 are invited to apply to the Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellows program. For more information and to apply, visit: http://manila.usembassy.gov/yseali/academic-fellows.html
Contact the U.S. embassy for more information: email@example.com
We are now accepting applications for the 2016 Fall YSEALI Academic Fellowship! This new cycle offers three institutes- Civic Engagement, Environmental Issues and Social Entrepreneurship & Economic Development. The application form can be found here.
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