Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional

What is it?

The American Council for International Education is looking for young professionals interested in coming to the US for a one month professional fellowship on Economic Empowerment.

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) is sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’, Professional Fellows Division. The program brings emerging leaders to the United States for intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise. These two initiatives and programs have come together on the new YSEALI PFP to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN community.

Program Dates: October 10 – November 17 (Tentative)

Who is a YSEALI PFP economic empowerment fellow?

Fellows come from a variety of professional backgrounds including:

    The business world – Members who are active in developing corporate social responsibility or efforts to mentor under represented populations in business and other similar themes could be eligible.
    Social innovation and social entrepreneurship organizations
    Government offices – including local government, regional development agencies, national policy offices, and offices working to increase the presence of underrepresented citizens in the economy
    NGOs – including those increasing the role marginalized populations in the economy and workforce, building financial literacy and supporting other important efforts around economic empowerment
    Universities – incubators, accelerators, university-based centers or programs focusing on business development, financial literacy, tourism or economic development

The shared vision of YSEALI Professional Fellows in the economic empowerment cohort should be to expand economic opportunities for their communities, country and citizens. Successful applicants will be able to address how these ideals are present in their work and careers.

How will the program benefit me? Why should I apply?

Each finalist of the program will:

    Work in a full-time fellowship placement in a US worksite dealing with issues relating to his or her work at home. While there fellows will gain first-hand knowledge about US organizations and institutions and build networks and relationships with US counterparts.
    Participate in a fully-funded program with comprehensive on program support. Travel and living arrangements will be covered as well as emergency health insurance, and visa fees on program.
    Become part of two prestigious networks – YSEALI and PFP. Alumni will gain access to tremendous resources and an international network of like-minded professionals spanning the globe.


To participate you must be:

    25-35 years old at the time of the program;
    A citizen and current resident of either: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam;
    Speak fluent English to work fulltime in a US worksite;
    Interested in participating in a reciprocal program for Americans coming to your country.
    Have at least two years relevant work experience and be currently employed;
    Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills.

How do I apply?

Please Visit:

Application Deadline: April 7, 2017


Main Library/American Corner/EducationaUSA Advising Center
PUC South Campus No.184, Norodom Blvd., Phnom Penh
Tel: 010 50 21 21

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