Yseali Academic Fellowships, 2022, U.S Embassy Philipines, US

Publish Date: May 30, 2022

Deadline: Jun 08, 2022

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellowships for Fall 2022!

Program Overview 
The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is a public diplomacy program designed to advance regional strategic goals, break down barriers that separate the next generation of leaders in Southeast Asia, and link those emerging leaders to the United States.  To this end, the YSEALI Academic Fellowship will bring exceptional young leaders from Southeast Asian countries to the United States to further develop their professional and leadership skills.  The Study of the U.S. Branch implements the YSEALI Academic Fellowship aimed at young leaders aged 18-25. 
The YSEALI Academic Fellowship is an intensive short-term academic program that provides young leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States and of a particular theme, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.  The Fellowship will focus on one of three themes: Civic Engagement, Environmental Issues, and Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.  The Academic Fellowship is a five-week in-person program in the United States sometime between August to November 2022, consisting 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.  Note that if the program takes place virtually, Fellows will engage in similar activities but online from their home countries.

Program Themes 
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 Fellowship will define civic engagement, examine its development in the United States, and explore topics such as active citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, and volunteerism.  Other topics discussed are civil rights, social justice, entrepreneurship, ethics, leadership, and media.  Fellows will also have the opportunity to meet with community leaders, entrepreneurs, and representatives of nonprofit organizations.  Throughout the Fellowship, participants will develop innovative and practical plans to become engaged citizens in their communities. The University of Nebraska – Omaha and Portland State University will conduct and host the Fellowship.
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 Fellowship will use experiential learning techniques to expose participants to current themes in the field, including climate change, sustainable development/sustainable agricultural practices, food security, ecotourism, renewable energy generation, and water management and treatment.  Fellows will explore the issues from numerous angles: local grassroots activism and civic initiatives, impacts on marginalized communities, private sector approaches, global multilateral efforts, and federal government policies and regulations.  Finally, the Fellowships will explore environmental issues in a globalized society and draw comparisons between the United States and the participants’ home countries.  Fellows will also have the opportunity to meet with community leaders and representatives of nonprofit organizations.  The University of Montana and the East-West Center will conduct and host the Fellowship. 

Degree Level
U.S Embassy Philipines Call For Applications For The Fall 2022 Yseali Academic Fellowships is available to undertake Postgraduate, Graduate level programs at USA Universities.

Available Subjects
Following subject are available to study under this scholarship program.

  • All Subjects

The program will cover all participant costs, including international travel costs, including program administration; international and visa travel; travel allowances; domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence.  If the program is conducted virtually, technology allowances may be provided to the Fellows.    

Eligible Nationalities: South East Asian

Eligibility Criteria
YSEALI Academic Fellows are expected to be full-time undergraduate students from college, university, or other institutions of higher learning; or have graduated in the past four years, and who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, extracurricular activities, or their profession. 

Applicants must be:  

  • A YSEALI member; 
  • Between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of application; 
  • A citizen and resident of the Philippines; 
  • Not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States; 
  • A full-time undergraduate college student or have graduated in the past four years; and 
  • Proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English. 

Ideal candidates should: 

  • Demonstrate interest, knowledge, or professional experience in any of the three Fellowship themes above; 
  • Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university, place of work, or community; 
  • Demonstrate a commitment or interest in community service, volunteerism, or mentorship; 
  • Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States and Southeast Asia as a region; 
  • Be willing to actively participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and study tour; and 
  • Be committed to returning to the Philippines to apply leadership skills and training to benefit their community, country, or the Southeast Asian region.

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