ICMA, with funding from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers the Professional Fellows Program – an opportunity for young professionals from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam to learn about good governance, economic development, environmental sustainability and civic engagement through a month-long fellowship with a U.S. local government or non-profit organization.
Fellows are part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), a program that strengthens leadership development and networking in ASEAN, deepens engagement with young leaders on key regional and global challenges, and strengthens people-to-people ties between the United States and young Southeast Asian leaders. The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program is part of the broader Professional Fellows exchange program. At the conclusion of the program, participants travel to Washington, DC, for a three-day Professional Fellows Congress, where they have the opportunity to engage with more than 200 Professional Fellows from around the world. The program takes place twice per year, in the spring and in the fall.
ICMA seeks U.S. local government and non-profit organizations to host YSEALI Professional Fellows for the spring and fall of 2017. Selected hosts will have the opportunity to nominate a staff member to travel for two weeks to a Southeast Asian community post-program to deliver technical assistance and consultation as part of a reciprocal exchange to help engage citizens and civil society organizations in addressing their fellows’ community challenges.
The ideal local government and/or non-profit organization would be expected to work side-by-side with their fellows to build their capacity in one of the two program tracks listed below:
Track 1 - Environmental Sustainability:
Themes may include but are not limited to climate change, sustainable energy and environmental justice.
Track 2 - Legislative Process, Good Governance and Civic Engagement:
Themes may include but are not limited to municipal governance processes, local government’s role in civic engagement and promotion of transparency.
Each U.S. host community will:
- Host two YSEALI Fellows (aged 25-35) for four weeks (either April 29 - May 27, 2017 and/or October 14-November 11, 2017)
- Provide opportunities for the fellows to learn from your local government, non-profit organizations and businesses within your community in order to address their own organizational/community challenges projects.
- Provide cultural enrichment experiences (home stays or visits, field trips, community events).
- Assign a staff person to coordinate the fellows’ work and related activities.
- Nominate a professional from your staff to potentially participate in a reciprocal international fellowship.
Travel, accommodations, and a stipend for meals and incidentals for the fellows are covered by the program. U.S. hosts will be required to submit an agenda and final report as well as make a cost share/in-kind contribution of labor and direct expenses such as office space and recorded hours worked on the project by staff. Additional instructions on the cost share/in-kind requirement are available upon request.
U.S. hosts will be matched with fellows on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in becoming an International Professional Fellow check out the Legislative Process and Governance Professional Fellows Program FAQ and Application and Environmental Sustainability Professional Fellows Program FAQs and Application for more information.