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YSEALI Professional Fellows Program
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June 28, 2022

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program (PFP) is accepting applications for the 2023 cycle until August 5, 2022! 

YSEALI  is the U.S. government’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. If selected to participate as a YSEALI Professional Fellow, you will collaborate and share ideas, approaches, and strategies to develop solutions to pressing local and global challenges. 

This PFP is open to recent university graduates and working professionals age 25-35 from any of the 11 YSEALI countries. Click here to learn more about the eligibility requirements. 

The YSEALI 2023 PFP is a fully funded exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It facilitates 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.  Professional Fellows are selected via an open, merit-based application process. 

The 2023 YSEALI Professional Fellows Program offers leadership and professional development opportunitiesunder each of the following Institute themes:  

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


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 fellows build a broad network with Americans and other participating 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 YSEALI PFP will be administered in two cycles in 2023. Please note that this call for application is for both cycles. Applicants will only participate in one cycle and can indicate their preferred cycle in their application.  The 2023 YSEALI PFP is planned as a hybrid in-person/ virtual program, which will include substantive virtual activities that will be tentatively followed by a six-week U.S.-based exchange. 

To apply, click HERE! 

Applications close on August 5, 2022. 

Questions?  Email: ysealipfp@americancouncils.org.

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