Apply for 2020 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Women’s Leadership Academy

Deadline: 30 August 2019

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Mission to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has announced an open competition for a cooperative agreement to develop and implement a week-long Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Women’s Leadership Academy.

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Program Objectives

  • The Academy should empower emerging women leaders and help them advance their careers by providing access to advanced skills training and networking opportunities. The award recipient should design the workshop with the primary objective of building economic capacity among participants, and to contribute towards a people-oriented ASEAN that includes the full participation of women in the economy. Facilitating cross-border collaboration and building an ASEAN identity are also among program objectives.
  • The one-week workshop should include general leadership skill training, break-out sessions, a personal goal setting session, mentoring and networking opportunities with leaders from the region and the United States. The Academy should facilitate teamwork among participants to identify key challenges facing the region, and to develop innovative solutions. The recipient will oversee follow-on activities undertaken by participants after the workshop, which will enable them to share their newly acquired skills with other women leaders and make real impact upon returning to their home countries.
  • Promoting gender equality and advancing the status of women is a key priority of both the U.S. Government and ASEAN. YSEALI is a broad initiative with a number of components that include education on regional issues, professional skills-building, professional development workshops in the region, online networking, project seed money, and educational exchanges. YSEALI activities focus on four themes: economic growth, sustainable development, education, and civic engagement.

Participants and Audiences

Up to 40 young emerging women leaders in public and private sectors, aged 25-35, from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Timor-Leste, Thailand and Vietnam, and ten mentors. All participants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

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Award Information

  • Award amounts: Up to $150,000
  • Total available funding: $150,000

Priority Region

  • Ten ASEAN member States including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Timor-Leste is also included.

Eligible Applicants

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The following organizations are eligible to apply:

  • U.S. and foreign not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises.

How to Apply

All application materials must be submitted by email at the address given on the website.

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