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Apply to YSEALI Professional Fellows Program

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Apply to become a YSEALI Professional Fellow in the economic empowerment cohort and travel to the U.S. on a fully-funded program for a month in Fall 2017! 

We are looking for young professionals interested in coming to the U.S. for a one month professional fellowship. Apply online by April 7, 2017!

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 U.S. work site dealing with issues relating to his or her work at home. While there, fellows will gain first-hand knowledge about U.S. organizations and institutions and build networks and relationships with U.S. 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 through this State Department J-1 Exchange Program.


To participate you must:

  • Be 25-35 years old;
  • Be a citizen and current resident of: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam;
  • Speak fluent English and be able to work full-time at a U.S. work site;
  • Be interested in participating in a reciprocal program for Americans coming to your country.
  • Have at least two years of relevant work experience and be currently employed;
  • Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills.

U.S. Program Dates

The U.S. program will take place from October 10 – November 17, 2017.

Learn More

Check out the YSEALI page and its FAQ page.

Contact information:  Zachary Knight, Program Assistant 



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