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The Fall 2024 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) academic fellowship

11/04/2024 - 4:06 PM

YSEALI is the U.S. government’s signature public diplomacy program is

YSEALI is the U.S. government’s signature public diplomacy program to provide skills training in the United States to youth in Southeast Asia. YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture a community of leaders who work across borders to solve shared issues.

The YSEALI Academic Fellowship is

  • An intensive short-term academic program 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 five-week programs 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. During the academic residency, participants will also have opportunities to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.
  • If conditions allow, the Fellowship will include an educational study tour to other areas of the United States where they will meet with local, state, private, and nonprofit organizations working in the field.

Who can apply for the program?

  • Vietnamese citizens between the ages of 18 and 25, full-time undergraduate students or those who have graduated from college, demonstrate strong leadership qualities, have an interest in community service and volunteerism, and proficiency in English are invited to apply for the program.
  • Up to 19 scholarships are available for Vietnamese young leaders.

What’s news in The Fall 2024 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)?

The Fall 2024 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellowship on critical themes identified by youth in the region:

  • Civic Engagement;
  • Environmental Issues;
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.


All participant costs, including program administration, international and domestic travel, ground transportation, books, cultural activity fees, mailing and incidental costs as well as housing and subsistence expenses will be funded by the U.S. Department of State.

The application deadline: 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

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