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FY 2024 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellowship Program

ID: SFOP0010290 • Type: Posted

Description

The Global Leaders Division, Office of Citizen Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) invites proposal submissions for one cooperative agreement to design, administer, and implement the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program.

The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program will bring a minimum of 320 emerging leaders, ages 25-35, from Southeast Asia to the United States to participate in leadership and professional development activities under the themes of Civic Engagement; Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Empowerment; Society and Governance; and Sustainability and the Environment. The U.S.-based exchange component will be five to six weeks in duration and consist of: 1) Professional Fellowship Institutes ( Institute ) related to each of the program themes which feature individually tailored fellowship placements at relevant U.S. non-profit, public, or private sector organizations; and 2) a program closing conference called the YSEALI Fellows Forum in Washington, DC. Upon the conclusion of the U.S.-based exchange program, a minimum of 80 American participants will travel overseas for minimum one-week reciprocal exchanges to assist the Southeast Asian Fellows in implementing action plans in their local communities. The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program will also include follow-on alumni engagement activities.

The award recipient will be responsible for program planning and implementation, including the oversight and coordination of the eight Institutes under the YSEALI themes. One Institute under each of the four themes (a total of four) will take place in the Spring of 2025, with the remaining four Institutes occurring in the Fall of 2025. The recipient must also be committed to collaborating with ECA to support the Fellow's participation in broader YSEALI activities/events during the program lifecycle, including joint activities with ECA's YSEALI Academic Fellows Program (which is advertised under a separate NOFO).

Applicants can administer the program fully or may propose to directly implement a minimum of two Institutes under a single theme (one in the Spring, one in the Fall) and administer sub-awards for the remaining six Institutes. No sub-recipient will be allowed to directly implement more than two Institutes (one in the Spring/one in the Fall).

ECA welcomes applications from U.S. public and private non-profit organizations, consortium of organizations, and accredited post-secondary U.S. educational institutions meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3). Applicants may submit only one proposal under this competition. If multiple proposals are received from the same applicant, all submissions will be declared ineligible and receive no further consideration in the review process. Please see the full announcement for additional information.

Background
The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is seeking proposals for one cooperative agreement to design, administer, and implement the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program. The program aims to bring emerging leaders from Southeast Asia to the United States for leadership and professional development activities under various themes.

Grant Details
The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program will bring a minimum of 320 emerging leaders, ages 25-35, from Southeast Asia to the United States. The program will include Professional Fellowship Institutes related to each of the program themes, individually tailored fellowship placements at relevant U.S. non-profit, public, or private sector organizations, and a program closing conference called the YSEALI Fellows Forum in Washington, DC. Additionally, a minimum of 80 American participants will travel overseas for minimum one-week reciprocal exchanges to assist the Southeast Asian Fellows in implementing action plans in their local communities.

Eligibility Requirements
ECA welcomes applications from U.S. public and private non-profit organizations, consortium of organizations, and accredited post-secondary U.S. educational institutions meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3). Applicants may submit only one proposal under this competition.

Period of Performance
The program will run for a period of 20 months (base year) with NCCs for two additional 20-month periods (NCC years one and two). The anticipated project completion date is June 13, 2029.

Grant Value
The total funding available is up to $27,000,000 for one award with an approximate average award of $11,000,000. The base year funding is up to $11,000,000 with NCC year one and two funding up to $8,000,000 each.

Overview

Category of Funding
Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification)
Funding Instruments
Cooperative Agreement
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 3/6/24 the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs posted grant opportunity SFOP0010290 for FY 2024 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellowship Program. The grant will be issued under grant program 19.415 Professional and Cultural Exchange Programs - Citizen Exchanges. It is expected that one grant will be made worth between $8.0 million and $11.0 million.

Timing

Posted Date
March 6, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EST
Closing Date
May 6, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 20 Days
Last Updated
March 6, 2024, 11:45 a.m. EST
Version
2
Archive Date
June 5, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Private institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Additional Info
Please see full announcement.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$11,000,000
Floor
$8,000,000
Estimated Program Funding
Not Provided
Estimated Number of Grants
1

Contacts

Contact
Bureau Of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Contact Email
Contact Phone
(202) 890-9795
Additional Information
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Organizational Funding Opportunities

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