Current Opportunities

YSEALI Fall 2019 Academic Fellowship (Application Deadline: Sunday, May 19, 2019)

Download the application form here

The YSEALI Academic Fellowships are intensive short term academic Institutes whose purpose is to provide groups of young leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, and a particular theme, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.

The Fellowship will focus on one of three themes: (i) Civic Engagement, (ii) Environmental Issues and Natural Resource Management, and (iii) Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, and the five-week Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institutes will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Civic Engagement:
  • Provide Fellows with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups.
  • Define civic engagement, examine its development in the United States, and explore topics such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, political leadership, and volunteerism.  Other topics such as civil rights, entrepreneurship, ethics, leadership, and media will be discussed.
  • Opportunity to leave the classroom to meet with community leaders, entrepreneurs, and representatives of non-profit organizations.
  • The University of Nebraska – Omaha and Kennesaw State University will each host one Fellowship on Civic Engagement (pending the final grants approval process)
  • Fellowship will be hosted by from September 21 to October 26, 2019.
YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Environmental Issues and Natural Resource Management:
  • Explore the role that environmental policy has played in the economic and political development of the United States.
  • Use experiential learning techniques to expose participants to current themes in the field, including natural resource management, sustainable development/sustainable agricultural practices, food security, ecotourism, energy generation (new and traditional forms), and water management and treatment.
  • The issues will be explored from numerous angles: local grassroots activism and civic initiatives, market-oriented approaches, and federal government policies and regulation.
  • Explore environmental issues in the context of a globalized society, and draw comparisons between the United States and the participants’ home countries.
  • Opportunity to leave the classroom to meet with community leaders, and representatives of non-profit organizations.
  • The University of Montana and the East-West Center will each host one Fellowship on Environmental Issues and Natural Resource Management (pending the final grants approval process).
  • Fellowship will be hosted by from August 21 to September 25, 2019.
YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development:
  • Provide Fellows with an overview of entrepreneurial approaches that are employed to address social and economic issues.
  • Review the development, history, challenges, and successes of enterprises and community leaders, in the United States and globally.
  • Topics include, but are not limited to, trade; investment; financial literacy; banking; microfinance; organizational development and management; grant writing; innovation; emerging markets and risk analysis; strategic business planning; corporate social responsibility; and, women and minorities in entrepreneurship.
  • Opportunity to leave the classroom to meet with community leaders, entrepreneurs, and representatives of nonprofit organizations.
  • The University of Connecticut and Brown University will each host on Fellowship on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Fellowship (pending the final grants approval process).
  • Fellowship will be hosted by from September 7 to October 11, 2019.
What are the eligibility requirements? Applicants must:
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of application (although exceptional applicants over 25 can be considered if they meet all other eligibility requirements).
  • Be able to travel within the program duration.
  • Have a full-time undergraduate student from college, university, or other institutions of higher learning OR have graduated in the past four years Proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.
  • Demonstrate interest, knowledge, or professional experience  in one of the themes mentioned.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university, place of work, and/or community.
  • 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.
  • Preferably have no prior study or travel experience in the United States.
How to apply?
  • Application form can be downloaded here.
  • Application deadline is Sunday, May 19, 2019.
  • If you are not yet a YSEALI member, simply register at
  • Once registered online, you can submit the completed application form via email to with the email subject “Applying for Fall 2019 YSEALI Academic Fellowship”.
Tentative Timeline:
  • May 19: Application deadline
  • May 20-24: Application review
  • May 28-31: Semi-finalists interview
  • June-July: Candidate selection and identification of placement/university hosts
  • August-October: Selected participants travel to the United States
  • November: Debrief and media session upon return
  • December: YSEALI YOUnified (community project implementation)
Other Essential Program Information:
  • Program Funding: The U.S. Department of State will cover all participant costs, including: program administration; domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances, housing and subsistence, international travel costs, and other travel allowances within set limits.
  • Housing and Meal Arrangements: Housing will be in university dorms or university hotels. Fellows may be expected to share a room and bathroom with another student of the same gender. Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though Fellows may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own. Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.
  • Health Benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of $100,000 with a $25 co-pay for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered. Information on the health benefit program may be found online
  • Program Requirements and Restrictions: Fellows are expected to fully participate in the academic program. They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings. Candidates should be made aware that the Institutes are very intensive and that there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program. Under no circumstances are Fellows allowed to arrive in the U.S. prior to the start date of the Institute or remain in the U.S. after its end date. Similarly, Fellows will not be permitted to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends while in the U.S. If a relative or friend wishes to visit them, it will be addressed on a case by case basis, in consultation with the ECA program officer and the host institution. Violations of program rules, host institution rules, or local, state or federal laws can be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program. It is important that these requirements and restrictions be made clear to all candidates before nominations are submitted.
  • English Language Ability: All candidates should be proficient in English so that they can actively participate in the academic program. Host institutions will take into account that the level of comprehension and speaking ability of Fellows may vary, and will prepare lectures and discussions that meet the highest academic standards while using language appropriate for Fellows where English is their second or third language.