About the Professional Fellows Program

Each year, ACYPL designs and implements two Professional Fellows Programs (PFP) around the theme of Governance and Society for 50 international participants from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, 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. 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.

Ideal candidates for the ACYPL’s PFP program are Southeast Asian young professionals between the ages of the 25-35 who work in the areas of: legislative process; governance; public administration; policy making; political campaigns/political parties; the legal field; journalism; non-governmental organizations; or the empowering of women, children, minorities, persons with disabilities, and marginalized populations.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, 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 for two years 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.

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Your tax-deductible gift will help make ACYPL international exchange opportunities possible for the next generation of political and policy leaders around the world. We invite alumni and friends to support our global work.

ACYPL international exchanges would be impossible without the enthusiastic support and active participation of our alumni around the world.  From organizing programs for visiting international delegations in their home states, to nominating professional colleagues for future programs, attending ACYPL events, and lending financial support, alumni help make our programs happen.

ACYPL encourages all American alumni to join the ACYPL Alumni Council.  It’s a great way to stay involved with our work, continue to explore international affairs, and ensure our future success.