International Fellows


“My fellowship enabled me to meaningfully connect with, not just the people who drive the [US legislative process and governance], but also ordinary American citizens, though conversations with people in the ecosystem and not just learning the mundane texts and documents. An almost perfect legislative and governance system is not an end to itself but it is the people who makes the system work. Most importantly, it serves the citizens in achieving a better nation for all. Making that human connection, with ideological, emotional and physical contact, is the key to a successful and memorable fellowship journey.”
— Mohammad Hanif Abdullah, Spring 2016 Professional Fellow alumnus

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam and have a professional background and project related to governance and society
  • Living and working in your home country at the time of the application
  • Between the ages of 25-35
  • Fluent in oral and written English
  • Have at least two years of professional experience at the time of the application
  • Provide a comprehensive and well-conceived written framework for a project to benefit civil society or governance in your home country
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service
  • Leadership potential in the government, private sector, or civil society
  • Committed to organizing an 8-14 day program in your home country for your American host
  • Committed to becoming an active member in the YSEALI community
  • Committed to returning to your home country after the completion of the program
  • Cannot hold dual-US citizenship or have traveled on a J-1 visa for a Department of State sponsored program in the past two years

Fall 2018 Program Timeline:

  • March 30, 2018: Application closes
  • Early-June 2018: Semifinalists are contacted for interviews
  • Late June 2018: Semifinalist interviews
  • July 2018: Finalists are notified of acceptance
  • October 6 – November 17, 2018: Program dates

Click here to apply!