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Exchange Opportunities for Malaysians!


Applications are now being accepted for the following programs, funded by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.


2023 Fall YSEALI Academic Fellowship applications are now open!

The U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur is now accepting applications for the 2023 Fall YSEALI Academic Fellowship.  Selected fellows will focus on one of the following three areas: Civic Engagement, Environmental Issues, and Social Entrepreneurship & Economic Development.  The five-week programs are planned to take place in-person during the late August through early November timeframe; exact dates will be communicated prior to final selection. Should health, safety, and travel conditions pose significant challenges, the program will pivot to a modified virtual format. 


Is this for you?
Program participants MUST: 

  • Be a Malaysian citizen residing in one of the 10 ASEAN countries or Timor Leste; 
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of application; 
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student or a graduate of college, university, or other institutions of higher learning in the past four years;  
  • Proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English; 
  • Demonstrated strong interest in the areas of Civic Engagement, Environmental Issues, or Social Entrepreneurship & Economic Development;
  • Committed to participate fully in the rigorous academic program and all aspects of the fellowship;
  • Not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.; 
  • Eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa 


How can you apply?

Info pack: https://bit.ly/yseali_af_info_pack 

Application form: https://forms.gle/sU9GK3fyiCfPDcfc7 


All applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. For questions, please contact KualaLumpurYSEALI@state.gov,  with email subject: 2023 Fall YSEALI Academic Fellowship. 

Note: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. 


YSEALI Regional Workshops (All year-round)

YSEALI Regional Workshops provide networking, mentoring, hands-on training, and the tools necessary to lead communities in addressing economic, environmental, educational, and civic engagement issues.

In 2023, the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur in partnership with Biji-Biji Initiative will be hosting a workshop entitled ‘Designing Games That Drive Social Change’, for 60-70 skilled gaming industry professionals and game design students from ASEAN and Timor-Leste. Stay tuned for more information and application!

YSEALIConnectivity – https://asean.usmission.gov/regional-workshops/