YSEALI Civic Engagement Fellows Program
The Mansfield Center of The University of Montana seeks 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 students are not eligible to apply. The required age range for participants is 25 – 35 years of age. Preference is given to those who are working in local organizations.
During the five-week program in the United States, participants will gain first-hand 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. Myanmar 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 issues in your country. Because 44 Southeast Asian Fellows will be selected, and only approximately 16 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.
• 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 and women’s empowerment challenges.
• Enhance leadership and professional skills for fellows from around the world.
• Build a global network of like-minded professionals.