Applications for YSEALI now open


The US Embassy Manila is now accepting applications for two Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Fellowship programs in 2016.

For the Academic Fellow-shipsm, YSEALI members aged 18-25 are invited to apply in three distinct fields namely Religious Pluralism; Civic Engagement; and Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.

YSEALI Academic Fellowships are five-week intensive academic programs in the United States that provide undergraduate and recently graduated student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while enhancing their leadership skills.

The application deadline for the Institute of Religious Pluralism is today, while applications for the Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Fellowships are until October 23.

On the other hand, young professionals aged 25 to 35 are invited to apply for the YSEALI Professional Fellowship Program (PFP) in either Legislative Process and Governance or Economic Empowerment.

PFP is a professional development exchange that brings talented community leaders in the fields of civic engagement, NGO management, economic empowerment, governance, legislative process and environmental and natural resources management to the United States for month-long fellowships at US-based NGOs, government offices or legislative bodies.

With the practical experience, leadership skills and professional contacts gained through the exchanges, fellows then work with local community leaders to address issues in their home communities. Application deadline for the YSEALI PFP is December 1.

Application forms and additional information can be found on the YSEALI page of the US Embassy Manila website (

Launched in 2013 by US President Barack Obama, YSEALI engages bright young leaders aged 18 to 35 years from Asean nations, including the Philippines, to contribute innovative ideas for tackling their generation’s greatest challenges: economic development, environmental protection, civic engagement, and education.

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