Applications for the Spring 2019 YSEALI Professional Fellows Program are now OPEN!!

Application Deadline: November 16, 2018

What is it?

The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program is a professional development exchange program for the best and brightest community leaders from ASEAN, working in the fields of civic engagement, NGO management, economic empowerment, governance, legislative process, environmental and natural resources management. The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program provides participants a month-long fellowship at U.S.-based non-profit or other organizations, government offices or legislative bodies. Fellows will work with community leaders to enhance their practical expertise, leadership skills and professional contacts to address issues in their home communities.

The program concludes in Washington to allow for engagement with policymakers and networking among YSEALI Professional Fellows from across ASEAN. A select group of Americans who worked with the YSEALI Professional Fellows will then travel overseas to further strengthen relationships, continue to collaborate on issue-based projects, and mentor other YSEALI members.

Who is eligible to apply?

Young professionals from all ASEAN countries who are leading change and innovation in civil society, the public sector, or the private sector.  You must be a YSEALI member to apply for the Professional Fellows Program.  Please join now at to get regular updates on upcoming Professional Fellows Programs and other opportunities.

Other eligibility requirements

Applicants must be:

  • Emerging leaders in government, civil society, or the private sector who have demonstrated expertise pertaining to the respective program theme;
  • Mid-level professionals, 25 to 35 years old at the time of participation in the program, who, at a minimum, are currently employed and have two or more years of relevant professional work experience;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in both written and oral English;
  • Self-directed and able to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting; and
  • Must be genuinely interested in developing an individual project of their own selection in their home workplace or community.

How do I apply?

Applicants are limited to applying to only one exchange listed below:

Civic Engagement (Deadline: Nov 16, 2018)

Hosted by University of Montana:

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Economic Empowerment (Deadline: Nov 16, 2018)
Hosted by the American Councils for International Education (ACIE):

Program home page:

Application link:

Governance and Society (Deadline:  Nov 16, 2018)
Hosted by American Councils of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL):

Program home page:

Application link:

Sustainable Development and the Environment (Deadline:  Nov 16, 2018)

Hosted by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA):

Program home page:

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