NOFO: YSEALI Female Leadership Academy 2023

Deadline: 29-Jul-22

The Public Affairs Section of the United States Mission to ASEAN of the United States Department of State announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to develop and implement a Young Leaders Initiative in ASEAN. Southeast Asia (YSEALI) Women’s Leadership Academy, which will include a workshop (in-person or virtual, depending on COVID-19 conditions and regulations) and virtual meetings before and after the workshop.


  • YSEALI is the US government’s flagship initiative to engage emerging leaders in Southeast Asia. The initiative aims to create a network of young Southeast Asian leaders who work across national borders to solve common problems.
  • Through a variety of programs and engagements, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capacities of young people in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture a community of leaders who work across borders to solve common problems.
  • YSEALI is open to young leaders between the ages of 18 and 35 who are both citizens and member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) or Timor-Leste.
  • Responding to the priorities of young people in the ASEAN region, YSEALI programs focus on four themes (economic growth and entrepreneurship, environmental issues, education and civic engagement).
  • YSEALI programming includes regional workshops held across Southeast Asia on strategic topics.

Funding Information

  • Duration of the performance period: October 1, 2022 – October 1, 2023
  • Number of awards planned: one
  • Award amounts: The award can range from a minimum of $75,000 to a maximum of $200,000. Subject to availability of funds.
  • Total funding available: $200,000
  • Funding Type: PD Fund
  • Planned program start date: May 2023

Participants and audience

  • The recipient will coordinate with the U.S. Mission to ASEAN and with the U.S. Embassies in ASEAN and Timor-Leste to recruit and select 55 participants. Participants will be between the ages of 20 and 35, already passionately fighting the climate crisis in ASEAN, and eager to continue working to advance climate change mitigation policies.
  • The Recipient should provide a diverse pool of candidates from particular regions outside of capitals, as appropriate. The application criteria must include the name of the city where the applicant is from.
  • All participants must be fluent in written and spoken English. All programs must include participants from all ten ASEAN member countries and Timor-Leste.
  • The workshops will be held in English.
  • The recipient will be responsible for arranging and using funds from the cooperative agreement to cover all travel-related items for participants and staff, including international and domestic flights, visas, travel to and from from airports, visas, accommodation, per diem, meals during the program, insurance, etc.

Priority region: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Timor-Leste.

Eligibility criteria

  • The following organizations are eligible to apply:
    • American public and private educational institutions
    • US nonprofit organizations, including think tanks
    • Foreign public and private educational institutions
    • Foreign non-profit organizations, including think tanks

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Mara R. Wilmoth