Will you be one of 500 men and women selected for a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Fellowship? 

Speaking in Burma, President Obama announced that starting in 2015 the U.S. government will bring 500 exceptional young leaders from ASEAN countries to the United States for the monthlong training and mentoring opportunity.

Like the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, YSEALI Fellowships offer an unparalleled opportunity to gain new skills and meet some of America’s most accomplished leaders, from community organizers to top U.S. government officials. After returning home, the Fellows will have access to professional development opportunities and seed funding to support their ideas, businesses and organizations.

The U.S. government’s investment in young leaders and entrepreneurs extends beyond Southeast Asia. Young professionals can participate in numerous programs designed to accelerate their leadership and career development. For example:

  • The Professional Fellows Economic Empowerment Program gives emerging leaders from around the world fellowships in U.S. businesses, government offices, nonprofit organizations or business associations.
  • TechWomen brings together women in Silicon Valley with their counterparts in the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa for a professional mentorship and exchange program at leading technology companies.
  • GIST TechConnect is an interactive videoconference that brings great entrepreneurial minds together to share tips on how to start and improve their technology ventures.

Find out more about these programs, and about professional development and networking opportunities where you are, by following the U.S. Embassy in your country on Facebook and Twitter.