Applications for the Spring 2018 YSEALI Professional Fellows Program are now OPEN!!

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 10 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:

  • Community leaders, ages 25-35, currently employed and with at least two years of professional experience at the time of application;
  • Have a track record of making an impact in their community, institution or company;
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application;
  • Be a citizen of, and currently residing in, one of the ten ASEAN member nations.
  • Eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa.

How do I apply?

Applications for the Spring 2018 YSEALI Professional Fellows Program are now OPEN!

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

Economic Empowerment (Deadline: Nov 13, 2017)
Hosted by the American Councils for International Education (ACIE):

Civic Engagement, with a focus on Women’s Empowerment (Deadline: Nov 15)
Hosted by University of Montana’s Mansfield Center:

Environmental Sustainability (Deadline: Nov 6)
Hosted by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA):