What is YSEALI Academic Fellowships?

What is YSEALI Academic Fellowships?

Posted at: 09 Oct 2020

What is YSEALI Academic Fellowships?

The YSEALI Academic Fellowships are intensive short-term academic Institutes whose purpose is to provide groups of young leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, and 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, and the five-week Institutes will consist 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. The Institute will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week. During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.


What are the benefits provided?

  • Program Funding: Through cooperative agreements to the host universities, ECA will cover all participant costs, including: international travel costs, travel allowances, program administration, domestic travel and ground transportation, book, cultural mailing and incidental allowance, and housing and subsistence.
  • Housing and Meal Arrangements: Housing will be in university dorms or university hotels. Fellows may be expected to share a room and bathroom with another student of the same gender. Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though Fellows may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own. Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.
  • Health Benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of $100,000 with a $25 co-pay for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered. Information on the health benefit program may be found online at usdos.sevencorners.com


*** English Language Ability: All candidates should be proficient in English so that they can actively participate in the academic program. Host institutions will take into account that the level of comprehension and speaking ability of Fellows may vary, and will prepare lectures and discussions that meet the highest academic standards while using language appropriate for Fellows where English is their second or third language.


What are eligibilities?

  • Between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of application
  • A YSEALI member – if you are not a YSEALI member yet, go to this link https://asean.usmission.gov/yseali/ to register and become a member
  • A Cambodian citizen
  • 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, and
  • Eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa (For information about the J-1 visa, please visit https://j1visa.state.gov/)


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