U. S. Embassy Manila Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (yseali) fall 2015 Academic Fellows

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U.S. Embassy Manila

Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)

FALL 2015 Academic Fellows
The Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy Manila is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) FALL 2015 Academic Fellows.
Program Background

In 2013, President Obama launched the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) to enhance the United States’ relations with future leaders of Southeast Asia and foster an ASEAN community.  YSEALI offers education on regional issues, professional skills-building, and opportunities to put those skills into action through educational exchanges to the United States, professional development workshops in the region, online networking, and project seed money.  YSEALI activities focus on four themes:  economic development, environmental protection, education and civic engagement.

The YSEALI Academic Fellowship Institute is an intensive academic program whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders and recently graduated leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.  

The YSEALI Academic Fellowship Institute on Religious Pluralism in the U.S. will explore U.S. history, society, and institutions within the context of religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue.  The program will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  Educational travels, local site visits, and volunteer opportunities will complement the coursework and classroom activities.  The Institute will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic travel component of approximately one week that will include a 2-3 day closing program in Washington, D.C.

Topics of discussion will include, but are not limited to, early religious traditions in the U.S.; the separation of church and state; immigration and the introduction of new religions in the U.S.; protection and representation of minority groups and religions; and interfaith dialogue.  Fellows will meet with U.S. community leaders of different faiths that advocate for collaboration and tolerance among religious groups and will also examine the leadership role that religious officials play in their own societies and develop ideas for how they can work with leaders, of similar or different faiths, to bring about positive social change.  Fellows will also travel to the American Southwest where they will have the opportunity to visit historic and cultural sites and discuss topics related to immigration and the Native-American experience.   


  • Between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of application;

  • A full-time undergraduate student from college, university, or other institutions of higher learning or have graduated in the past four years;

  • Proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English;

  • Not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.;

  • Eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa;

  • Demonstrate leadership ability through academic work, community involvement, extracurricular activities, and/or professional activities;

  • Demonstrate interest in religious pluralism;

  • 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.

Note: All expenses related to the program will be provided by the U.S. Embassy.

Application form is provided below. (Must be completely filled-in)

English fluency will be verified through interviews.

Do not include unnecessary attachments to the application.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE ELECTRONIC and should be sent to ysealiphilippines@state.gov with the subject title YSEALI_IRP_(Applicant’s Last Name)
Deadline for Applications: OCTOBER 14, 2015 (WEDNESDAY)


Winter 2016 YSEALI Institute on Religious Pluralism




Date of Birth


City and Country

of Birth

Country of Citizenship

Country of Residence

Medical, Physical, Dietary Restrictions (Please state if you have any existing medical conditions or currently taking any prescription medication.  This will not affect your selection, but will enable the host institution to make any necessary accommodations. )

Complete Home Address

E-mail Address

Tel. and Cellphone No.

Emergency Contact Full Name and Relationship

Emergency Contact Cellphone No. and Email Address

School Name and Address

Current Year and Major

(If graduated, please indicate year and major)

Job Position and Company/Institution (If currently working)

Evidence of English Fluency

(Indicate if medium of instruction in school is English, list English fluency test Results, list of papers written, awards from school related to English language)

Volunteer Work and Community Services (Format: Title of Event/ Host Institution or Program Organizer/Type of Role or Responsibility/Dates of Participation/)

Memberships in associations, clubs, etc. (Format: Club or Association Name, Type of Role or Responsibility/Dates of Membersihp)

Previous Experience in the US (Reason for travel, city/state destination and dates of travel)

Family residing in the U.S.

(include FULL name, relation, city and state)



What about your background and/or interests makes you competitive for this particular program (please be as specific as possible)? What will you contribute to the program and participants? How do you expect this experience will affect your future academic and professional career? How will it affect you personally? NOTE: Please structure your essay in paragraphs and limit your response to 250 words or approximately half a page, single spaced.

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