YSEALI Leaders Program

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The U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur is pleased to announce the following YSEALI opportunities are now accepting applications.

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The YSEALI Academic Fellowship Programbrings undergraduates or recent graduates between the ages of 18 and 25 to the United States for a five-week institute held on the campus of a U.S. college or university.The program includes an academic residency, leadership development, an educational study tour, local community service activities, and opportunities to engage with American peers.

YSEALI Academic Fellowship themes:

Civic Engagement
Hosted by the University of Nebraska & Omaha and Arizona State University
March 14-April 18, 2020

Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment
Hosted by the University of Connecticut and Brown University
March 21-April 24, 2020

Environmental Issues and Natural Resource Management
Hosted by the University of Montana and East-West Center
March 25-April 29, 2020

For program details visit: https://asean.usmission.gov/yseali/

Apply for the Academic Fellowship*

Program deadline: October 31, 2019

*Only shortlisted candidates will be notified to schedule an interview.



The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program provides emerging leaders ages 25-35 the opportunity to spend five weeks in the United States, including four weeks working directly with American counterparts in individually tailored work placements with relevant private and/or public sector organizations.  During these placements, Fellows build their practical expertise, leadership skills, and professional networks.

YSEALI Professional Fellowship Themes:

Civic Engagement
Implemented by University of Montana
April 22 – May 29, 2020

Economic Empowerment
Implemented by American Councils
April 20 – May 29, 2020

Governance and Society
Implemented by American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL)
April 18 – May 29, 2020

Sustainable Development and the Environment
Implemented by International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
April 21 – May 30, 2020

Apply for the Professional Fellowship*

Program Deadline: November 1, 2019

*Only shortlisted candidates will be notified to schedule an interview



YSEALI Seeds for the Future is a small grants competition for young leaders in Southeast Asia. The competition provides funding for the region’s most promising young leaders to carry out projects that improve their communities, countries and the region. Applications for YSEALI Seeds for the Future will open on October 1, 2019.

Apply for the YSEALI Seeds for the Future*

*Only shortlisted candidates will be notified to schedule an interview


Other Opportunities


Advancing Long-term Leadership Initiative (ALLI): Indo-Pacific Summit aims to bring together youth from the alumni network of a U.S Department of State-sponsored exchange program in the Indo-Pacific region to learn new skills and collaborate on common issues facing their countries for a two day Summit in Tokyo, Japan to take place on Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th, 2019.

Apply for the ALLI Indo-Pacific Summit*

Deadline: October 14, 2019

*Only shortlisted candidates will be notified to schedule an interview



The Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a year-long professional development program for people who are working to improve their communities by addressing issues related to the environment, tolerance and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender. For 2020–2021, up to 80 community activists will be selected to participate in the program, which includes a four-month fellowship in the US, Community Leadership Institute and community-based initiatives.

Apply for the Community Solutions Program*

Deadline: October 30, 2019

*Only shortlisted candidates will be notified to schedule an interview

Questions? E-mail to [email protected]