Registration for YSEALI programme now open

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THE United States embassy here is calling on Bruneians aged between 18 to 25 to register for the Autumn 2016 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellows Programme.

The embassy, in a statement, said they are now accepting applications for the programme which will take place in the United States.

The YSEALI Academic Fellowship is an intensive five-week academic programme that provides young leaders throughout the ASEAN region with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership and academic skills.

The fellowship will focus on one of three themes – civic engagement, environmental issues, or social entrepreneurship and economic development.

Activities will include a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations and lectures.

Speaking on the programme, US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Craig Allen said: “The YSEALI Academic Fellows Programme is an educational opportunity not to be missed by young people in Southeast Asia who wish to develop their leadership skills, get academic experience designed to help them support their communities and promote friendly relations between countries.”

I have met many YSEALI alumni and have seen firsthand how they are contributing to Brunei Darussalam’s development following their return. I encourage students and graduates to apply for the fellowship and sign up to be a YSEALI member, and to be the next generation of leaders,” the ambassador said.

Launched in 2013, the YSEALI is US President Barack Obama’s signature programme to strengthen leadership development and networking in ASEAN.

Those interested in registering as a YSEALI member or getting more information on future opportunities can do so by logging on to

Information on applying and a list of criteria for the programme can be obtained on the embassy’s YSEALI page at

Applications are open until May 22.

The Brunei Times