Applications now open for YSEALI Professional Fellows Programme

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

APPLICATIONS are now open for Bruneians who wish to participate in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Spring 2017 Professional Fellows Programme in the US.

The US embassy said in a statement that it is a professional development exchange programme for the best and brightest community leaders from the ASEAN region.

YSEALI Professional Fellows spend five weeks in the US, including four weeks working directly with American counterparts in individually tailored work placements with non-profit organisations, state and local government, and private sector offices across the country.

The fellowship will focus on three themes: economic empowerment, environmental sustainability, and legislative process and governance/civic engagement.

Applications for the economic empowerment theme are open until November 15, while applications for environmental sustainability as well as legislative process and governance/civic engagement are open until December 1.

US Ambassador to Brunei Craig Allen said it is a capacity building programme for young professionals who want to develop their leadership skills, boost their careers, and explore further enrichment and engagement opportunities. “Their future contributions to Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN will benefit the development of the nation and region as a whole,” he was quoted as saying in the press release. The embassy said applicants must be community leaders aged from 25 to 35, employed with at least two years of professional experience at the time of application and have a track record of making an impact in their community, institution or company.

Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Those interested in applying for the programme can visit _https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/yseali-professional-fellows-p... _to begin the application process.

YSEALI, launched by the Obama administration in 2013, has been the US government’s signature programme to strengthen leadership development and networking among Southeast Asian youth.

YSEALI has a network of 100,000 people across ASEAN, including 900 members in Brunei, with 60 of those participating in workshops or fellowships overseas. — Rachel Thien

The Brunei Times