U.S Embassy Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Fellowship 2023

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is glad to inform students that the call for applications for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellowships has begun.

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate, Graduate level programs at USA Universities.
  • Available Subjects: This scholarship enables you to study all of the subjects.
  • Eligible Nationalities: Only the South East Asians.

Scholarship Benefits:

This scholarship has a wide variety of benefits starting from:

  • A full tuition-free,
  • International travel costs, as well as a program administration;
  • International and visa travel;
  • Travel allowances including domestic travel and ground transportation;
  • Book, cultural, mailing, and incidental allowances; to the housing and subsistence. In case the program was  organized virtually, the individual will be provided with technology allowances.

Eligibility Criteria:

YSEALI Academic Fellows need to be:

  • Full-time undergraduate students from college, university, or other institutions of higher learning; or have graduated in the past four years.
  • Display leadership within academic work, teamwork, extracurricular activities, or their profession.
  • Applicants from the countryside and urban areas, and with little or absolute lack of experience in the United States or elsewhere outside the Philippines are prioritized.
  • Applications from underserved groups, including indigenous groups, ethnic minority communities, the LGBTQI+ community, and candidates with special needs are welcomed.

Applicants must be:

  • A YSEALI member (register for free at http://yseali.state.gov );
  • The required age varies between 18 and 25 when applying ;
  • A citizen and resident of the Philippines;
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States isn’t acceptable;
  • A full-time undergraduate college student or have graduated in the previous four years; along with a good level of reading, writing, and speaking English.

Ideal candidates should:

  • Display different qualities like interest, knowledge, or professional experience in any of the three Fellowship themes cited above;
  • Show strong leadership qualities and potential in their university, workplace, or within the community;
  • Being eager to gather knowledge about the United States and Southeast Asia as a region;
  • Be willing to actively engage in an intensive academic program, community service, and study tour; and Be committed to returning to the Philippines in order to benefit from the leadership skills and training picked up for the good of their community, country, or the Southeast Asian region.



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