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The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Professional Fellows Program (YSEALI PFP)

Application Deadline: November 15th 2021

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Professional Fellows Program (YSEALI PFP) is a fully-funded exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. YSEALI PFP provides emerging leaders from Southeast Asia the opportunity to spend five to six weeks in the United States gaining professionally relevant fellowship experiences at non-profit, public, or private sector organizations. The program is designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance Fellows’ leadership and professional skills, and build lasting and sustainable partnerships between emerging leaders in Southeast Asia and the United States. YSEALI PFP is administered under four Institute themes: Civic Engagement, Economic Empowerment, Governance and Society, and Sustainable Development and the Environment.


YSEALI PFP is open to professionals aged 25-35 from any of the eleven YSEALI countries.

To be eligible to apply, individuals must:

  • Be a citizen and resident of one of the eleven YSEALI nations: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam. Applicants living outside of the eleven eligible countries or on a long-term program will not be considered eligible to apply.
  • Be an emerging leader in government, civil society, or the private sector who has demonstrated expertise pertaining to the respective theme under which he/she is applying.
  • Be currently employed with at least two years of relevant professional experience at the time of application.
  • Be between 25 and 35 years old at the start of the program (born on/after March 1, 1986 and no later than March 1, 1997).
  • Be self-directed and able to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Be able to identify an objective/project of their own selection that the applicant would like to implement in their home workplace or community.
  • Have demonstrated proficiency in both written and oral English.
  • Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills.

Application Procedure

The following individuals are NOT eligible to apply:

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States
  • Individuals who are currently participating in academic, training, or research programs, or who are currently working in the United States
  • Individuals residing or working outside the eligible YSEALI nations at the time of the program
  • Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the U.S. government (e.g., Public Affairs Sections at U.S. embassies or other U.S. government agency) and who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of the application
  • Individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years and are awaiting change of status by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Official Website: The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Professional Fellows Program (YSEALI PFP)



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