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FY 2021 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellowship

Cooperative Agreements with USA IHEs and Nonprofit Organizations
for Exchange Programs for Students from Eligible Asian Countries

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U.S. Department of State (DOS) - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - Office of Academic Exchange Programs

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05/24/21 11:59 PM ET


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Cooperative agreements with USA IHEs and nonprofit organizations to conduct exchange programs for students from eligible Asian countries. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for exchange programs focused on civic engagement, environmental issues, social entrepreneurship, and economic development.

The Study of the U.S. Branch (ECA/A/E/USS), Office of Academic Exchange Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) invites proposal submissions for the design, administration, and implementation of one of the following three academic program themes within the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI): the YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Civic Engagement, the YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Environmental Issues, or the YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. The total YSEALI Academic Fellowship consists of 12 Institutes (four per theme) for approximately 250 undergraduate students and recent graduates from Southeast Asia. Applicants may propose to implement a maximum of one Fellowship theme.

Applicants will propose to host one Fellowship theme consisting of a total of four Institutes. Each Institute will host 20-22 participants from throughout Southeast Asia. Two of the four Institutes will take place in the spring of 2022 and two in the fall of 2022. Each Institute will be five weeks in duration and will include an approximately four-week academic residency at a U.S. college or university campus and an approximately one-week integrated educational study tour that includes time in Washington, D.C. at the conclusion of the Institute. Award recipients will coordinate with ECA to ensure participants are able to join a larger D.C.-based YSEALI Fellows Forum in the spring and fall.

Participants will be undergraduate students or recent graduates aged 18-25 from ASEAN member countries (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and Timor-Leste.

Institute Themes: All Institutes should enhance participants’ knowledge of U.S. history, government, institutions, society, and culture. In this context, Institutes should incorporate a focus on American historical events and current political, social, and economic aspects of contemporary American life. Discussions should center on the diverse character of American society. For further details, see


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FY 2021 base year, up to $4,050,000
FY 2022 Non-Competitive Continuation year one, up to $4,050,000, pending successful performance and the availability of funds
FY 2023 Non-Competitive Continuation year two, up to $4,050,000 pending successful performance and the availability of funds.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Award Date: September 1, 2021.

Anticipated Project Completion Date: December 30, 2025. This date reflects the anticipated duration of the award – one base year plus two Non-Competitive Continuation years.

Up to three Cooperative Agreements will be awarded for a period of 18 months (base year) with Non-Competitive Continuations for two additional 18-month periods (Non-Competitive Continuation years one and two). ECA will notify the recipient of our intention to exercise or not to exercise a Non-Competitive Continuation at least 90 days in advance of expiration of the current year after an internal evaluation of the recipient’s performance. The decision to exercise a Non-Competitive Continuation will depend both on the satisfactory performance of the recipient and the availability of funds.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit applications for this competition. Applicants must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application.

Eligible applicants may not submit more than one proposal in this competition.

Organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges are ineligible to apply under this competition.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline Date: Monday, May 24, 2021 by 11:59 PM Washington, DC time

Applications may only be submitted electronically through The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

All applicants must also have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI/DUNS) number and be registered in

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions about this announcement, please contact Study of the U.S. Branch (ECA/A/E/USS) Program Officers:

Kevin Orchison
(202) 255-7108

Ian Billard
(202) 394-9199.

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