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If you have successfully completed your application to participate in the YSEALI Regional Workshop 2020, we extend our sincerest thanks! You are joining a community of leaders fighting regional issues and we applaud your efforts! The workshop will be a great step toward achieving collective impact and making real change on a regional level. Do keep checking your email for a confirmation and for further information on the workshop and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us through the information provided below!

Only 80 participants will be chosen out of the many who apply. Do not worry, you can still be a part of this community. We are very appreciative of your time and dedication to your cause.


How many participants will be selected? 


The Workshop will bring together 80 participants in total from across South East Asia

Are there specific age requirements? 


You must be no younger than 22 years of age and no older than 35 years of age on June 22, 2020.

I am just above the age cutoff. Could you relax the age limit? 


Exceptions can be made with respect to the age requirements. 

Is there a degree requirement? 


While most qualified candidates will have strong academic backgrounds – bachelors, masters and even PhDs in relevant areas – the program acknowledges that strong leadership potential, relevant professional experience, and thematic knowledge can be demonstrated without the presence of a formal degree. At this time, there is no degree requirement for this program. 

Is there a minimum work experience requirement? 


Yes the applicant should have relevant experience and/or interest in areas related to Human Trafficking, Wildlife Trafficking and Environmental Sustainability. We seek candidates who can demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and professional competencies, and much of this typically derives from experience in dynamic working environments. 

How do I verify my eligibility with respect to the citizenship/nationality requirements? 


In general, YSEALI seeks Southeast Asian professionals who have a deep familiarity with their respective country or region. For this reason, only citizens or resident nationals of Southeast Asia are eligible to apply. Applicants must be able to provide official documentation proving their citizenship or nationality, ideally in the form of a passport. While we do not require copies of these documents to be submitted during the online application, applicants should be prepared to provide such documentation upon being designated as a finalist during the selection process.

How do you define “resident national?” 


A resident national is the equivalent in each Asian country of a "Permanent Resident" in the U.S. (or "Landed Resident" in some countries with a strong British influence). That is, the person is allowed to reside indefinitely within a country of which he or she is not a citizen. We do not have an exhaustive list of the types of documents needed to prove resident national status. Potential applicants therefore have a small amount of discretion as to whether or not documents in their possession will meet the above mentioned criteria.

Am I able to apply if I am currently living, working or studying outside my home country in Asia or the United States of America? 


No. You can only apply if you area resident of South East Asia.

Should I still apply even if I do not have a formal background in  Wildlife & Human Trafficking, and Environmental Sustainability? 


Yes. The program welcomes candidates from diverse professional disciplines with demonstrable experience in tourism, sustainable development and entrepreneurship. While participants will typically be social entrepreneurs, environmentalists, NGO and civil society leaders, government officials and policymakers, journalists, and academics, we still encourage highly talented and dedicated individuals from other disciplines to apply. 

How well do I have to know English for this program? 


While the program does not have a formal English proficiency requirement (for example, TOEFL exam results), selected participants must have enough English language skills to participate in the program. Much of the program and its content are interactive and international in nature. Exceptional language skills are desirable, but they are not a prerequisite for this program. 

What if I am accepted to the program but not able to attend? 


We ask that you do not apply to this program unless you are absolutely certain you are able to attend. In the case of an emergency or unforeseeable circumstances that preclude your participation, please notify staff as soon as possible. 

If I applied to attend a previous YSEALI Workshop and was not selected, can I apply again?


Yes, we encourage you to apply again. 

My passport has expired and is currently being renewed, but it won’t be ready until after the deadline. May I still apply?


Applicants may still apply by entering information from their expired passport. However, you must have your new valid passport before the final selection 

Financial Information

Am I provided funding to participate in this program?


All expenses are covered, including costs for airfare and local transportation, lodging and meals, and health and accident insurance. However, all participants must arrive at the main international airports in their respective regions.

Must I provide any proof or documentation of financial means?


Since virtually all program expenses are covered, we do not require any proof of financial means.

Does this program support family members?


The program does not provide support for family members and family members may not accompany the participants in the hotel.

What are the accommodations? 


The hotel is located in the heart of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu. Participants will be matched two to a room to promote bonding across disciplines and countries.

Application Process

When do I apply?


The application period takes place February 21st – March 21st, 2020.

May I send my application via global mail or fax?


We do not accept applications by global mail or fax. All application components must be submitted electronically.

Will I have to submit documentation of citizenship or nationality?


We do not require these documents during the application process itself, however you may be required to send copies of these documents to verify that you meet the nationality requirements should.

What are the selection procedures? 


All applications are evaluated by Biji-Biji Initiative staff at the initial reviewing stages and will be narrowed down to a final selection pool. Thereafter, a selection committee comprising of U.S. Department of State, YSEALI and Biji-Biji Initiative personnel will be charged with evaluating finalists and determining the 2020 YSEALI Regional Workshop Sabah participants. 

When are we notified of the final selection? 


The final selection will be announced in April 2020.

Do I have any responsibilities after the Workshop in June 2020?


All participants will become part of an active and engaged alumni network – through web and social media platforms, as well as substantive program intersections – that will encourage ongoing collaboration and the sharing of ideas, resources, and support throughout their professional careers.





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