Frequently Asked Questions: YSEALI Fellowships

YSEALI Fellows are young leaders aged 18-35 who are citizens of and reside in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste or Vietnam. The Fellowship is divided into two tracks: YSEALI Academic Fellows and YSEALI Professional Fellows.

Please contact the U.S. Embassy in your home country for application details or click YSEALI Academic Fellows for more information.

YSEALI Professional Fellowships on a variety of themes will follow a hybrid (virtual and in-person) module and will include participants from each of the 10 ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste. Select your country from the dropdown menu Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchanges Programs to see what specific programs are available for your country. A young professional can apply for one fellowship applicable to his or her country.

All participants must be fully proficient in English; throughout the Institute they will need to fully understand lectures, actively participate in discussions and read and write assignments in English.

Studying in the U.S. previously is not a reason that an applicant would be excluded for consideration for the YSEALI Fellowship. However, there will be a preference toward participants who have not been to the United States previously.

No. Candidates with minimal experience in the United States may be considered for the program. However, priority may be given to excellent applicants with no previous experience in the United States.

No, you must be a citizen of and residing in one of the 10 ASEAN countries or Timor-Leste.

No. U.S. citizens and permanent residents (green card holders), including dual citizens, are NOT eligible to participate in this program.

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There will be some free time during the program. However, participants MUST understand that this is an intensive academic program and they are expected to fully participate in all lectures, activities, site visits and scheduled events.

The YSEALI Fellowships are designed to include participants from all 10 ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste. Participants will be selected based on the merit of their applications. There is no definitive number of how many participants will be selected from each of the Southeast Asian countries.

As a part of your application to the YSEALI Professional Fellowship, you will be asked to answer essay questions. These questions are your opportunity to demonstrate ways in which you have personally made positive contributions in your community or work. YSEALI Academic Fellows will be selected by our U.S. Embassies, who will look for candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to giving back to their communities in addition to academic success.