YSEALI Academic Fellowship Announcement



The U.S. Embassy, Yangon is pleased to announce the opportunity to compete for both the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Civic Engagement, Environmental Issues, Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.  

NOTE:  There will only be a single, combined recruitment cycle for both the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 cohorts.

WHAT:  The YSEALI Academic Fellowship is an intensive short-term academic program 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. The five-week programs 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. During the academic residency, participants will also have opportunities to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom. If conditions allow, the Fellowship will include an educational study tour to other areas of the United States where they will meet with local, state, private, and nonprofit organizations working in the field. Note that if the program must take place virtually, fellows will engage in similar activities but online from their home countries.

WHERE and WHEN The program is planned to take place in-person during in late August and early November for the Fall 2022 cohort and from March through May 2023 for the Spring 2023 cohort; exact dates will be determined at the time of selection. Should health, safety, and travel conditions continue to pose significant challenges, the program will pivot to a modified virtual format.

Program Model: The virtual program will consist of a minimum of 36 hours of required programming and will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning.  Fellows are required to fully participate in the entire virtual program from their home country.  Fellows must complete the virtual program in order to continue the in-person program in the United States.

YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Civic Engagement will provide Fellows with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups. The University of Nebraska – Omaha and Arizona State University will each conduct and host one institute.

YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Environmental Issues will explore the role that environmental policy has played in the economic and political development of the U.S. University of Montana and the East-West Center will each conduct and host one institute.

YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development will provide Fellows with an overview of entrepreneurial approaches that are employed to address social and economic issues. The University of Connecticut and the University of Texas-Austin will each conduct and host one institute.

WHO: A full-time undergraduate student from college, university, or other institutions of higher learning; or have graduated in the past four years. All candidates must have a strong interest in a related topic but can come from any field of study.


 An applicant must:

  • Be from Myanmar
  • Be between 18 and 25 years of age
  • Have a strong interest in ASEAN-related issues
  • Proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English
  • Demonstrate interest, knowledge, or professional experience in environmental issues
  • Leadership qualities and commitment to community
  • Have approval from your current employer or university to take a leave of absence
  • Be currently living and working in his/her home country
  • Be committed to returning to his/her home country after completion of the program and
  • Be willing to join the broader YSEALI network.

A complete application set includes:

  • Completed, signed application form via Google form
  • A personal essay
  • High school completion certificate that shows your marks (scores)
  • University transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

The deadline for application is May 31, 2022 

Application form [MS Word | 115KB]

For more information, please contact us:  Cultural Affairs Unit, Public Affairs Section, American Embassy, 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, Yangon, Ph: 01-7536509/01-7505114 Ext: 4869 email: RangoonUSECA@state.gov, http://burma.usembassy.gov/yseali.html Sign up to be a YSEALI Member on our website https://asean.usmission.gov/yseali/. You can submit your application either via Google form or word form application. Here is the google form application.