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Applying to YSEALI Academic Fellowship

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Fellowships, both academic and professional, are two of the sought-after scholarships/grants that Southeast Asian youth aspire of participating in. As part of the academic fellows for 2017 Fall, I highly recommend to ASEAN youth to apply to the fellowship.

Academic institutes cover the following YSEALI themes: civic engagement, environment and natural resources management, and entrepreneurship and economic development.

Here are what you need to know for a successful application:

What are the attributes that you need to possess in order to be eligible for the academic fellowship?

The requirements for academic fellowships are:
* Between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of application, although exceptional applicants over 25 can be considered if they meet all other eligibility requirements;
* A citizen of one of the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam;
* A resident of one of the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam;
* A full-time undergraduate or graduate student; recent graduate of college, university, or other institutions of higher learning; or young professional who has recently joined the workforce;
* Proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English; and
* Eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa.

How does the selection work?

Applicants should:
* Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and track record in their university, place of work, and/or community;
* Demonstrate knowledge, or professional experience in one of the YSEALI themes: civic engagement, environment and natural resources management, or entrepreneurship and economic development;
* Demonstrate a commitment to 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.
The US Embassy in the country you reside will be the one to choose the participants depending on your written and oral interview perfomances.

Know your inclination as regards your role in the society.

Your assessment of yourself will help massively in your writing of essays, which are vital part of the application to YSEALI. Moreover, this will also entail which cohort you most likely be a part of. Your essay will play a crucial role in getting shortlisted for further interview. You may also need to be able to elaborate on your essay during the interview. So, do well on both!

If you already have an organization that you will be carrying throughout the fellowship, focus on it and its goals. Talk about how you can create an impact to the society. Remember to go specific with your goals and expectations.

Filling up the application form

You can find the application form here: http://bit.ly/2wSPsr6. The deadline for the Spring 2018 application is on October 22, 2017! So apply now!!!

What would you expect from the cohort?

You will be spending four weeks in the university that you will be placed in. The other week will be spent in other state or city depending on your university placement and in Washington DC. You will be learning about the YSEALI themes assigned to you in the cohort.

All expenses related to the fellowship will be borne by the US State Department and United States Embassy in your country.

To learn more about YSEALI Academic Fellowship, please go to this link: https://ph.usembassy.gov/education-culture/yseali/yseali-academic-fellows-program/

See you in the next YSEALI Alumni Summit!

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<p>Kai Darul is a 20-something accountant, blogger and occasional speaker from Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. On her free time, she blogs about her life, interior design, finance, personal development and Islam. She loves exploring and learning new things. You can find her at <a href='http://kaidarul.com'>kaidarul.com</a>.</p>