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YSEALI Professional Fellows Program 2019

Applications closed next round around October 2019

I can apply or recommend someone … “IF”
I’m between 25 and 35 years old
Can speak, read and write in English
Can speak and answer questions in public
Understand the program and meaning
Explain my work and why I have to go
Can formulate the program objectives
Are Thai
Work or volunteer in a CSO/NGO
Able to travel/have 40 day leave in spring 2020

non-working, non-professionals or students are not eligible to apply

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Bangkok 10320, Thailand.
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Learning initiatives investigate the industry’s most pressing issues to find effective, replicable solutions.

Broaden your horizons, share your perspective, and engage

Once-In-a-Lifetime Opportunity Learn Improve Creative Solutions Skills Promoting Economic Development Environmental Protection Education Civic Engagement Establish International Partnership

Please use the online Application to apply and the downloaded form for your reference only,

Online Application-Form

only in special cases we allow you to use  the downloaded word application as a valid application

Download Application-Form 

(for reference only)

Here are some tricks and tips:

YSEALI U.S Fellow Applicants

If you recently signed up or showed interest for our new Fall 2019 application, 6 weeks U.S all cost covered.
 We encourage you to complete the application as soon as possible but at least before 15 of November 2019
 If you have any problems or questions or need help to fill the form we are glad to help you with it,
Simply send me an email with all your questions at:

Tips for a successful application:

1.       Write in your own words and thinking
2.       Not worry about your English
3.       Don’t copy and paste text from others
4.       Try to connect your answers to civic engagement 
5.       Civic engagement: what’s your vision about, what you going to do with it in your workplace?
6.       Explain your leadership qualities
7.       Keep your answers short but with the open questions at least 100 words or more
8.       Write your biography in third person means you not use I form (like I am 26 but instead: Han is 26 years old and works…….)
9.       What’s your vision for the future to implant the things you learned in the U.S. in your work and/or volunteer work
10.   What’s your connection with civic/social engagement
11.   Answer all questions
12.   Discuss the program with your superiors and ask for willingness to host American fellows and seek approval for your travel

We know that it is along and difficult form but simply try to fill it in in your own words and thinking,
This is a unique chance to learn and experience and broaden your horizons, share your perspective, and engage
If you already completed the application we will send you the selection results for the first round before 30 April , 
If you want to change your answers or correct it, you still have time until 15 November 2019 to do this
Once-In-a-Lifetime Opportunity to Learn and Improve your Creative Solutions and Skills,
 Promoting Economic Development, Environmental Protection, Education, Civic Engagement and Establish an International Partnership

 Testimonials  pictures and video previous candidates 


Program Summary

Program Summary
Thai Volunteer Services and the Mansfield Center of The University of Montana seek professional applicants for a program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy.  The YSEALI Civic Engagement Fellows Program is designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, and build sustainable partnerships between emerging leaders from foreign countries and the U.S. We are seeking emerging leaders from a variety of sectors: civil society, government, education, and academia.
  Because this is a program for professionals:
non-working, non-professional or students are not eligible to apply. 
The required age range for participants is: 
25 – 35 years of age at the start of the travel date  on April 25,  2020
During the five-week program in the United States, participants will gain firsthand knowledge of how organizations and institutions operate, while also participating in site visits and specially-designed seminars.  An important part of the program is a fellowship.  Participants will be matched with a similar organization in the U.S. and work with an American counterpart for one month.  Participants will spend one month in their fellowship and one week in Washington, D.C.
This program also provides the potential of an American expert traveling to your workplace to support your organization.  Thai participants may also be asked to host a U.S. participant at their place of work. That individual will be someone you have worked with during your U.S. program and determined to be of benefit to your mission.
A selected number of American fellowship partners will travel overseas to work with you and your counterparts on civic engagement and women’s empowerment issues in your country.
Because 38 Southeast Asian Fellows will be selected, and only approximately 12 of their partners will travel to Southeast Asia, not every Southeast Asian participant will host an American at their place of work.  However, you must state your willingness to host a U.S. participant on your application to be considered for this program.
Program Objectives
  • Promote mutual understanding and lasting partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders.
  • Provide opportunities for global emerging leaders to share ideas, approaches, and strategies regarding civic engagement .
  • Enhance leadership and professional skills for fellows from around the world.
  • Build a global network of like-minded professionals.
Program Funding:
The United States government will cover all participant costs,
including international travel and Travel and ground transportation in the U.S.,
meals; lodging; and cultural allowances.
If you will be asked to host U.S. participants at your place of work, the program for the Americans will be at no expense to you or your organization.  American participants will be provided all funds for hotels, meals and transportation.
Program Requirements and Restrictions:  Participants are expected to participate fully in the program.  They are expected to attend all workshops and organized activities.  The program is very intensive and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program. This is not a tourism program but an intensive professional experience.  However, please realize that this is a group experience.  Not every appointment will be specifically designed to your interests. Every appointment will contribute to overall understanding of civic engagement  issues.  This is an interdisciplinary programs specifically designed to bring together people from different backgrounds and professions in a shared goal of enhancing civic engagement.
English Language Ability: All candidates must demonstrate English language capabilities.  The program is rigorous and demanding.  Participants will be expected to handle reading materials in English and to be full and active participants in all seminar and panel discussions.
Candidate Description and Qualifications:  The participants are expected to be highly motivated professionals working in the field of civic engagement. All participants will have a good knowledge of English.  We welcome applicants from both rural and urban areas, both men and women, and those with little or no prior experience in the United States or elsewhere outside your home country.  We welcome participants of all backgrounds.  We encourage those with disabilities to apply, as our program will accommodate such needs.


  • 18 successful applicants from Southeast Asia will participate in Cohort Two
  • Cohort One Travels to the U.S.: Approx  April 25– June 1, 2020
  • Selected Southeast Asian applicants may host U.S. partners in their country between August 2019 and June 2020.  Approximately 13 U.S. partners will travel to Asia, so this will not be a one-to-one exchange. Not each Southeast Asian participant will host a U.S. participant, but each Southeast Asian applicant must agree to do so in case they are chosen to host a U.S. participant.
  • The recruitment period is February 1 – March 30, 2019.  Application review will be conducted by local partners in conjunction with the Mansfield Center of the University of Montana. 
  •    Successful applicants will be notified about the first round results before 30 December 2019
  • Successful applicants will progress to a telephone interview between December 15-31 in order to assess English-language skills and further ascertain suitability for the program. 
  •  A select number will be chosen for personal interviews january 1-21, 2020.

*The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program is offered twice per year.

Selection Criteria
  • English-language capability to be successful in an English-language program for five weeks.
  • Clear understanding of civic engagement  issues that affect your community.
  • Completion of relevant education (preferred but not required).
  • Suitability of the applicant’s organization to benefit from this exchange and to host a U.S. participant.
  • Potential commitment to hosting a U.S. participant for 10-14 days.  This includes organizing a professional program, a cultural orientation, and working with the local partner and the Mansfield Center to organizing logistics such as lodging and transportation. (All activities are paid for by the program, not by you or your organization.)
  • The support of your supervisor and/or organization for both your participation as well as for hosting a U.S. Fellow.
  •  A commitment to the time investment required to make the program a success.
  •  A demonstrated interest in working in cross-cultural settings.
  •  Demonstrated understanding of program objectives.
  •  Communication of personal goals in line with program objectives.
  • Demonstrated commitment to strengthening your community.
  • Little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States.
  • Be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive program, Fellowship position, community service, and travel program in the U.S. for approximately 5 weeks.
  • Be able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those in your country.
  • Understand that this is not tourism or a luxury program. This is a busy professional program.
  •  Aged 25-35:  this program is for emerging leaders, not for students or high-level experts.
  •  Plan to return to your organization following completion of the program.
  •  Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in your work.
  • Participants chosen from each country as a whole reflect the diversity of that country in terms of its populace, geography, and variety of interests/fields/organizations.

The deadline for applications is 15 November 2019.