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The Spring 2019 YSEALI Professional Fellows Program

Program overview

The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program is a two-way, global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, as well as build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States. The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive five-to-six week fellowships designed to broaden their professional skills and expertise. An integral part of the two-way program is for American participants who have hosted foreign fellows to travel overseas for participant-driven reciprocal programs.

The benefit for participants

  • Will be working full time at an agency in the United States and have the opportunity to learn to improve professional skills.
  • The program is fully funded by the US Department of State. All expenses from accommodation, travel, insurance will be covered by the program.
  • Become a member of the YSEALI and PFP networks

The theme of The Spring 2019 YSEALI Professional Fellows Program

  • Civic engagement
  • Economic empowerment
  • Governance and Society
  • Sustainable Development and the Environment


  • Be a YSEALI member. Join YSEALI at
  • Be between the ages of 25-35 at the time of application
  • A citizen and current resident of either: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam;
  • Speak fluent English to work full time in a U.S. worksite;
  • Currently employed and with at least two years of professional experience at the time of application;
  • Interested in participating in a reciprocal program for Americans coming to your country;
  • Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills;

How To Apply:

Theme: Civic Engagement, hosted by University of Montana

Apply online: engagement/default.php

Theme: Economic Empowerment, hosted by American Councils

Apply online:

Theme: Governance and Society, hosted by American Councils of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL)

Apply online:

Theme: Sustainable Development and the Environment, hosted by International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

Apply online:

The application deadline is November 16, 2018.


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