Applications for Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Fellowships and project proposals

MANILA, May 12, 2015 — Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic and Professional Fellowships. Academic Fellowships are intensive, short term programs in the United States that provide young leaders, ages 18-25, with a deeper understanding of the United States, while enhancing their leadership skills. YSEALI Professional Fellowships are for community leaders, ages 25-35, working in the fields of civic engagement, non-government organization management, economic empowerment, governance, legislative process or environmental and natural resources management. Professional Fellows will spend one month at a U.S.-based non-profit or government office to enhance their practical expertise, leadership skills, and professional contacts.

The deadline to apply for the 2015 YSEALI Academic and Professional Fellowships is June 1, 2015, and both programs are scheduled to take place in the fall. The U.S. government will cover all fees related to the program, including transportation to and accommodation in the United States.

The 2015 YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grant Competition is accepting project proposals from YSEALI members to improve their communities, countries, or the region. Winners can receive funding of up to US$20,000. Deadline for submission of project proposals is June 6, 2015.

In order to submit an application for these programs, you must be a YSEALI member. Registration is free at: http://yseali.state.gov
Launched in 2013, YSEALI is U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Programs and engagements include U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, project-funding, competitions, networking, and international/regional activities that revolve around the themes of environment, education, civic engagement, and economic development.

Apply for a YSEALI Academic Fellowship: http://manila.usembassy.gov/yseali/academic-fellows.html

Apply for a YSEALI Professional Fellowship: http://manila.usembassy.gov/yseali/professional-fellows.html

For information on the Seeds for the Future Grant Competition:
http://manila.usembassy.gov/yseali/seeds-for-the-future.html.#