What is it?
Starting in spring 2015, over the course of a year, Indonesian YSEALI Academic Fellows will join fellows from other ASEAN countries to take part in academic institutes in one of three core YSEALI themes:
- Civic engagement
- Environment and natural resources management
- Entrepreneurship and economic development
The YSEALI Academic Fellowships are intensive short term academic Institutes 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.
These five week institutes, held on the campus of a U.S. university or college, will include an academic residency, leadership development, an educational study tour, local community service activities, and opportunities to engage with American peers. The program will conclude in Washington, D.C. to allow for engagement with policymakers, governmental representatives, businesses, and think tanks.
Who is eligible to apply? Young leaders from all 10 ASEAN countries who are current undergraduate or graduate students or recently graduated. How do I apply?
The program application for the Fall 2015 YSEALI Academic Fellows Program will open from May 1 – June 1. Applicants are limited to applying to only one exchange listed below.
- The YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Civic Engagement will provide Fellows with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups. The Institute will define civic engagement, examine its development in the U.S., and explore topics such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, political leadership, and volunteerism.
- The YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Environmental Issues will explore the role that environmental policy has played in the economic and political development of the United States. The Institute will use experiential learning techniques to expose participants to current themes in the field, including natural resource management, sustainable development/sustainable agricultural practices, food security, ecotourism, energy generation (new and traditional forms), and water management and treatment.
- The YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development will provide Fellows with an overview of entrepreneurial approaches that are employed to address social issues. The Institute will review the development, history, challenges, and successes of social enterprises and community leaders, in the United States and globally.
Complete and submit your application and one scanned letter of recommendation to YSEALIjkt@state.gov. Please note that applicants must indicate on the application form to which one institute they are applying and answer the essay question. These fellowships will take place starting from late August to early November 2015.
Note: Those who have applied for this fellowship programs in the previous cohorts do not need to reapply.
Technical Eligibility Requirements Applicants must be:
- Between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of application;
- A citizen of one of the following countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam;
- A resident of one of the following countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam;
- A full-time undergraduate student or graduated in the past four years from college, university, or other institutions of higher learning;
- Proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English; and
- Eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa (A J-1 visa is for individuals approved to participate in work-and study-based exchange visitor programs. As part of the J-1 visa, you are required to adhere to a two-year Foreign Residency Requirement. This means you will be required to reside in your home country for a period of two years before taking part in a similar program).
Selection Criteria Applicants should:
- Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university, place of work, and/or community;
- Demonstrate interest, knowledge, or professional experience in one of the YSEALI themes;
- Demonstrate a commitment or interest in community service, volunteerism, or mentorship;
- Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States and ASEAN as a region;
- Be willing to actively participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and study tour;
- Have a commitment to return to their home country to apply leadership skills and training to benefit their community, country, or the ASEAN region; and
- Preferably have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States.
Questions? Contact YSEALIjkt@state.gov source: http://jakarta.usembassy.gov/yseali/academic-fellows.html