Applications for the U.S.-ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI 2024 are open now. Through the academy, young women leaders have the opportunity to develop their leadership abilities and gain an understanding of the value of civic involvement and human capital development.

U.S.-ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI 2024
U.S.-ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI 2024

This will aid them in their efforts to prevent food insecurity and manage the effects of both temporary and permanent food shortages.

U.S.-ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI 2024 (Fully Funded)

Specifically, the academy aims to:

  • Educate participants on the main gender disparities and difficulties that are unique to the region’s food security concerns.
  • Provide a means for individuals to enhance their leadership abilities.
  • Develop a robust ASEAN community and identity.
  • Increase the number of young Southwest Asian women leaders in their network who cross national boundaries and promote group action.
  • Make mentorship and initial funding accessible.
  • Along with leadership development, the program will feature expert-led discussions that delve into pertinent disciplines and challenges related to food security. As a participant, you will also get the chance to work with other female leaders in the area and in the US to develop a knowledge product that will promote cross-cultural dialogue and broaden the impact in the field of food security.


  • All travel, lodging, and costs associated with your participation will be funded by the U.S. State Department in cooperation with Wedu as the implementing partner.


  • A minimum of two years of relevant professional or volunteer experience dealing with issues related to food security The following fields will be taken into consideration: agriculture, biotechnology, trade/economics, resource management (e.g., soil, water), and public health specialties related to food safety and nutrition.
  • Citizens of the following countries: Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Burma, Laos, the Philippines, and Cambodia
  • Devoted to fostering community and have a strong desire to establish a network by working together and forming partnerships with other leaders from Southeast Asian nations.
  • Able to participate in the pre-and post-workshop activities from January to August 2024, as well as the full four-day in-person course in April 2023.
  • Competent in both written and spoken English.
  • Own a passport valid until October 31, 2024, or after.
  • Eligible women between the ages of 20 and 35 (as of the workshop date)


There will be no acceptance of any applications received after November 26, 2023. Notifications to the chosen participants will be sent by the end of January 2024.

Application Deadline

The deadline for the receipt of applications is November 26, 2023.

Open this link for more details about the U.S.-ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI 2024.


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