U.S. Mission to Vietnam: Seeking Applications for Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellows Program

Deadline: 22 May 2017

The U.S. Mission to Vietnam is inviting applicants for the fall 2017 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellows Program on civic engagement, environmental issues, and social entrepreneurship and economic development. YSEALI is a public diplomacy program of the U.S. Department of State designed to advance regional strategic goals, break down barriers that separate the next generation of leaders in ASEAN, and link those emerging leaders to the United States.

Program Categories

  • Civic Engagement: The program on Civic Engagement will provide fellows with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups.
  • Environmental Issues: The program on Environmental Issues will explore the role that environmental policy has played in the economic and political development of the United States.
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: The program on Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development will provide Fellows with an overview of entrepreneurial approaches that are employed to address social issues.

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $63,000
  • Award Ceiling: $3,500
  • Award Floor: $1,000

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates nominated for this program should:

  • be a YSEALI member.
  • 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, 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;
  • indicate 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.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications via email at the address given on the website.

Eligible Countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam.

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