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The Spring 2019 Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellowship Program

Program Overview:

Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the U.S. government’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programs and engagements, including U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, regional exchanges, and seed funding, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN community. The U.S. Mission to Vietnam seeks candidates for the spring 2019 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellowship on civic engagement, environmental issues, and social entrepreneurship and economic development.

All participant costs, including program administration, international and domestic travel and ground transportation, book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances, housing and subsistence expenses will be paid for by the U.S. Department of State.

For more information about Academic Fellows Program, click here.

Eligibility Entity And Selection Criteria:

  • Be a YSEALI member. Join YSEALI at
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of application;
  • Be a Vietnamese citizen;
  • Be a resident of one of the following countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, or Vietnam;
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student or have graduated in the past four years from college, university, or other institutions of higher learning;
  • Be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English;
  • Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university, place of work, and/or community;
  • Demonstrate interest, knowledge, or professional experience in civic engagement, environmental issues, or social entrepreneurship and economic development;
  • Demonstrate a commitment or interest in community service, volunteerism, or mentorship;
  • Have a serious interest in learning about the United States and ASEAN as a region;
  • Be willing to actively participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and study tour;
  • Have a commitment to return to their home country to apply leadership skills and training to benefit their community, country, or the ASEAN region; and
  • Have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States.

Application and Submission Information:

Step 1: Complete application package includes:

1. Complete application form at

2. Official transcripts for years of university study, and university degree if you already graduated

3. A letter of recommendation from teacher/professor (for undergraduate students); or from current supervisor (for working people)

Step 2: Combine these three documents into one PDF file

Step 3: Submit it online through:

Eligible candidates from Quang Tri province to northern Vietnam are requested to submit their complete application package online, and send any questions to:

     Public Affairs Section

     United States Embassy YSEALI Academic Fellowship

     7 Lang Ha Street

     Ba Dinh District, Hanoi

     Tel: 84-24-3850 5000, ext. 6034


Eligible candidates from Thua Thien-Hue province to southern Vietnam are requested to submit their complete application package online at, and send any questions to:

     Public Affairs Section

     United States Consulate General YSEALI Academic Fellowship

     4 Le Duan Street, District 1

     Ho Chi Minh City

     Tel: 84-28-3520-4657


Application Deadline

The application deadline is 11:59PM, Sunday, November 11, 2018. No exceptions will be made regarding the deadline.

FAQs about the program can be found at: fellows-faqs/