YSEALI Academic Fellowship Announcement

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

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 Academic Fellowship will include a virtual academic residency and an integrated in-person experience approximately two to three weeks in length at a U.S. host institution.  During the academic residency, participants will engage remotely from their home countries in Institute activities including academic sessions, site visits, leadership development exercises, and cultural activities.  If conditions allow, participants will travel to the U.S. in 2022 to participate in educational and cultural activities inside and outside of the classroom, lectures and site visits to local communities.  The in-person component in the United States will be organized taking into consideration all necessary safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, local, and campus authorities.

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.

WHERE and WHEN:  The programs will utilize a hybrid format with an initial virtual component taking place from March through May 2022 for Spring and TBD for Fall cohort. Over a period of approximately two to three weeks in fall 2022 or spring 2023, an in-person component will take place in the United States at the host institution, contingent upon health, safety, and travel conditions.  Exact dates for both program components will be determined at the time of selection.

YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Civic Engagement: The University of Nebraska – Omaha and Arizona State University

YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Environmental Issues: University of Montana and the East-West Center

YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: The University of Connecticut and the University of Texas-Austin

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 a Myanmar citizen
  • 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 November 14, 2021.

For more information, please contact us at Cultural Affairs Unit, Public Affairs Section, American Embassy, 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, Yangon, Ph: 536509/505113 Ext: 4381 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/. Please submit your application here; application form