Professional Fellows


Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program

Sponsored by the US Department of State
Hosted by the American Council of Young Political Leaders

About the Professional Fellows Program

Each year as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Professional Fellows Program (PFP), ACYPL designs and implements a short-term fellowship program in the United States for 50 international participants from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam. The Professional Fellows Program is part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) which seeks to provide promising young leaders aged 25-35 with the opportunity to build practical expertise, develop leadership skills, and foster innovative ideas for tackling what they have identified as their generation’s greatest challenges in the region.

ACYPL’s Professional Fellows Program focuses on the theme of Governance and Society and provides international participants with an in-depth, hands-on exploration of the vital role that a diverse civil society plays in our country’s political and policy-making processes, and how this involvement informs and enhances political transparency, accountability, and American democracy. In so doing, Fellows will strengthen their understanding of American governance, politics, public policy-making, and the legislative process.

Follow-on travel by select American fellowship hosts aim to provide Americans with first-hand insights into the challenges and opportunities presented in their Fellows’ countries and allow them to share professional knowledge, advice, best practices, and shared aspirations in-country. These exchanges will serve as a foundation on which to establish sustainable two-way partnerships between the Fellows and their American counterparts, with the goal of promoting and strengthening civil society, good governance, mutual understanding, and friendship.


Interesting in getting involved?

ACYPL is always looking for individuals to supervise a 4-week professional fellowship for one of our Southeast Asian Fellows and that are excited to share American culture with Fellows by hosting a cultural outing! Learn more about the program and requirements below: