Professional Fellows

 

Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program on Governance and Society


Fall Program Dates: October 6 – November 17, 2018
Sponsored by the US Department of State
Hosted by the American Council of Young Political Leaders


About the Professional Fellows Program

In 2018, ACYPL will design and implement two Professional Fellows Programs (PFP) around the theme of Governance and Society for 50 international participants from Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, 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, DC. 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.

The ACYPL Professional Fellows Program is part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). YSEALI is aimed at engaging promising young leaders, aged 18-35, from the ASEAN countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam in developing and fostering innovative ideas for tackling what they have identified as their generation’s greatest challenges in the region.

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Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam and have a professional background and project related to the theme of Governance and Society
  • Living and working in your home country at the time of the application
  • Between the ages of 25-35
  • Fluent in oral and written English
  • Have at least two years of professional experience at the time of the application
  • Provide a comprehensive and well-conceived written framework for a project to benefit civil society or governance in your home country
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service
  • Leadership potential in government, the private sector, or civil society
  • Committed to organizing an 8-14 day program in your home country for your American host
  • Committed to becoming an active member in the YSEALI community
  • Committed to returning to your home country after the completion of the program
  • Cannot hold dual-US citizenship or have traveled on a J-1 visa for a Department of State sponsored program in the past two years.

Program Timeline:

Fall 2018 Professional Fellows Program:

    • March 30, 2018: Application closes
    • Early-June 2018: Semifinalists are contacted for interviews
    • Late June 2018: Semifinalist interviews
    • July 2018: Finalists are notified of acceptance
    • October 6 – November 17, 2018: Program dates

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