Building U.S.-Indonesia Mutual Understanding Since 1994


As its in-country partner, USINDO facilitates exchanges for American and Indonesian political, policy, and community leaders to expand their network and to develop their skills.

YSEALI Professional Fellows Program

YSEALI Professional Fellows Program 2022

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Professional Fellows Program (YSEALI PFP) is a two-way U.S. Department of State exchange program designed to strengthen people-to-people ties between young leaders from Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam, and the United States. Through virtual activities and intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise and enhance their leadership capabilities, YSEALI PFP provides emerging Southeast Asian leaders with the opportunity to gain first-hand experiences in, and exposure to, U.S. public and private sector offices working on a variety of issues related to civic engagement, economic empowerment, governance and society, and sustainable development and the environment. Follow-on reciprocal exchanges provide select American professionals the opportunity to visit Southeast Asia to further enhance two-way exchange, support, and knowledge sharing with YSEALI PFP alumni in their home communities.

YSEALI PFP is planned to be administered as a hybrid program, which will include virtual activities and an in-person U.S.-based Institute. Applicants must have reliable internet connectivity to participate in virtual activities. Applicants will select one of two possible program cycles in 2022.

YSEALI Professional Fellows Program Overview

The international fellows from each country will travel to Washington, DC for a 5-day program orientation and federal government overview as well as cultural outings. Each fellow will participate in a 4-week intensive fellowship in a separate political, policy, or civil society office with day-to-day mentoring and guidance from a single point of contact, their fellowship host. Together with their American hosts who are also ACYPL alumni, the fellows will attend meetings pertaining to current events in the area, and together will develop action plans for a series of follow-on activities to be conducted in the fellows' home country.

At the conclusion of the program, all international fellows will return to Washington, DC for a 3-day Professional Fellows Congress where they will interact and share their experiences with other international fellows from different programs.

Upon returning to their home countries, select international fellows will work with their American hosts to create an 8-14 day program in which the American hosts will visit each of fellows' places of employment to learn more about what they do, assist in the continuing implementation of their project, meet with local leaders, as well as enjoy cultural outings. Click HERE for more info on the program.

Application Instructions and Deadline

The application for the 2022 YSEALI PFP program opened from October 1 - November 15, 2021 and is currently closed.

If you are recommended or learned about this program from USINDO (ACYPL's in-country program partner), please indicate it in the application form. Only shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the panel consisting of representatives from ACYPL, U.S. Embassy Jakarta, and USINDO.

For questions regarding your application, please contact

Past Fellows