YSEALI Academic Fellowship

YSEALI (State Dept.)
YSEALI (State Dept.)

The YSEALI Academic Fellowships are intensive, short-term academic exchanges that aim to provide young South East Asian leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while they develop leadership skills and examine one of the YSEALI themes in depth. These five-week institutes, held on the campus of a U.S. university or college, include an academic residency, leadership development programs, an educational study tour, local community service activities, and opportunities to engage with peers in the U.S. Each program concludes in Washington, D.C. to allow for engagement with policymakers, governmental representatives, businesses, and think tanks.

Since Spring 2015, hundreds of Indonesian YSEALI members have joined fellows from all ten ASEAN countries to complete a YSEALI Academic Fellowship on one of three themes:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Environment Issues and Natural Resources Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Economic Development

YSEALI members from all 10 ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste who are current undergraduate or graduate students or recently graduated. Joining YSEALI is free! Sign up here.

Applicants must be:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of application;
  • A citizen of one of the following countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam;
  • A resident of one of the following countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam;
  • A full-time undergraduate student or graduated in the past four years from college, university, or other institutions of higher learning;
  • Proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English; and
  • Eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa (A J-1 visa is for individuals approved to participate in work-and study-based exchange visitor programs.  As part of the J-1 visa, you are required to adhere to a two-year Foreign Residency Requirement. This means you will be required to reside in your home country for a period of two years before taking part in a similar program).

Applicants should:

  • Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university, place of work,  and/or community;
  • Demonstrate interest, knowledge, or professional experience in one of the YSEALI themes;
  • Demonstrate a commitment or interest in community service, volunteerism, or mentorship;
  • Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States and Southeast Asia 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 Southeast Asia region; and
  • Preferably have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States.
  • Applicants should complete an online application for this program HERE.
  • The application deadline for the Spring 2019 YSEALI Academic Fellows program is October 25th, 2018 (01:00 p.m. / 13:00 WIB)
  • Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be notified to schedule an interview.
  • Questions? E-mail the Youth Outreach team at U.S. Embassy Jakarta at YSEALIjkt@state.gov