YSEALI Professional Fellows Program

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program will accept applications for the Fall 2020 program between February 1 and March 31, 2020!

The Professional Fellows Program is a two-way, global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, as well as build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States.  The Professional Fellows Program brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive five-to-six week fellowships designed to broaden their professional skills and expertise.  Professional Fellows are selected via an open, merit-based application process.  An integral part of the two-way program is for American participants who have hosted foreign fellows to travel overseas for participant-driven reciprocal programs.

Program themes for Fall 2020 are:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Governance and Society
  • Sustainable Development and the Environment

Application review, candidate interviews, candidate selection, and the identification of U.S. placement hosts will occur between April 2020 and July 2020.  Participants will then travel to the U.S. from October to November 2020. The program concludes with the Fall 2020 Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, D.C., November 15-19, 2020.

What do Professional Fellows do in the United States?

Fellows are placed in non-profit organizations, private businesses, and local government offices across the country for individually-tailored professional development experiences. The fellow build a broad network with Americans and other foreign fellows, and develop a deeper understanding of U.S. society. Participants also develop individual action plans to address a challenge in their community or region to be implemented when they return home.

 The U.S.-based program concludes in Washington, D.C. with a three-day capstone event focusing on professional development, leadership, problem solving, and networking.

The Professional Fellows Program is a professional exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and managed by ECA’s Office of Citizen Exchanges. Every year, approximately 50,000 foreign and American participants take part in a wide range of exchange programs funded by ECA.

Implementing Partner: University of Montana
Participating Countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam
Application Dates: February 1 – March 31, 2020

Program Timeline:

  • February 1 – March 31, 2020:  Application period opens for recruitment of the international Fellows for the Fall 2020 U.S. Program;
  • April – July 2020:  Application review, candidate interviews and selection of the international Fellows for Fall 2020 U.S. program;
  • August – September 2020: Securing of individually-tailored placements for the Fall 2020 U.S. program;
  • October – November 2020:  Travel by the international Fellows for the Fall 2020 U.S. program.  The Professional Fellows Congress will be held in Washington,     D.C., November 15 – November 19, 2020.

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.

Program home/application –
http://www.umt.edu/mansfield/internationalprograms/yseali-civic-engagement/default.php

Implementing Partner: American Councils
Participating Countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam
Application Dates: February 1 – March 31, 2020

Program Timeline:

  • February 1 – March 31, 2020:  Application period opens for recruitment of the international Fellows for the Fall 2020 U.S. Program;
  • April – July 2020:  Application review, candidate interviews and selection of the international Fellows for Fall 2020 U.S. program;
  • August – September 2020: Securing of individually-tailored placements for the Fall 2020 U.S. program;
  • October – November 2020:  Travel by the international Fellows for the Fall 2020 U.S. program.  The Professional Fellows Congress will be held in Washington, D.C., November 15 – November 19, 2020

The goals of this exchange are to:

  • Strengthen understanding of the U.S. economic development activities and processes
  • Enhance appreciation of the role civil society plays in economic development
  • Create partnerships between institutions in the U.S. and those in Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, timor-Leste, and Vietnam
  • Establish a common language to develop practical solutions for shared problems and concerns

 

Administered in partnership with American Councils, more information can be found below –
Program Home Page:  http://professionalfellows.americancouncils.org/
Application link:   https://ais.americancouncils.org/pfp

Implementing Partner: American Councils of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL)
Participating Countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam
Application Dates: February 1 – March 31, 2020

Program Timeline:

  • February 1 – March 31, 2020:  Application period opens for recruitment of the international Fellows for the Fall 2020 U.S. Program;
  • April – July 2020:  Application review, candidate interviews and selection of the international Fellows for Fall 2020 U.S. program;
  • August – September 2020: Securing of individually-tailored placements for the Fall 2020 U.S. program;
  • October – November 2020:  Travel by the international Fellows for the Fall 2020 U.S. program.  The Professional Fellows Congress will be held in Washington, D.C.   November 15 – November 19, 2020

ACYPL designs and implements two Professional Fellows Programs (PFP) around the theme of Governance and Society for international participants from Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. These two exchanges – one in the spring and one in the fall – 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, D.C. 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.

Program home page – https://www.acypl.org/what-we-do/professional-fellows/
Application link – https://webportalapp.com/appform/login/acypl_yseali_pfp_application_fall_2020

Implementing Partner: International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Application Dates: February 1 – March 31, 2020

Program Timeline:

  • February 1 – March 31, 2020:  Application period opens for recruitment of the international Fellows for the Fall 2020 U.S. Program;
  • April – July 2020:  Application review, candidate interviews and selection of the international Fellows for Fall 2020 U.S. program;
  • August – September 2020: Securing of individually-tailored placements for the Fall 2020 U.S. program;
  • October – November 2020:  Travel by the international Fellows for the Fall 2020 U.S. program.  The Professional Fellows Congress will be held in Washington, D.C.,  November 15 – November 19, 2020

The Fellowship will build the capacity of young leaders to address environmental sustainability challenges in their communities.  Fellows will learn practical skills while also fostering interaction with leaders from federal, state and local governments; civil society organizations; and private sector entities.

The goal of the program is to create institutionalized long-term partnerships that support emerging leaders and their institutions in the ASEAN countries and the U.S. to inspire change in addressing the challenges of environmental sustainability.

Administered in partnership with ICMA, more information about this program as well as application details can be found here:

Program Home Page – https://icma.org/programs-and-projects/yseali-professional-fellows-program
Application Link – https://icma.submittable.com/submit/f8822011-7848-4940-8977-513c27133ca1/fall-2020-yseali-professional-fellows-program-sustainable-development-and-the-e