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Legislative Process and Governance Professional Fellows Program FAQ and Application

by Tony Green

APPLICATIONS for the fall 2017 cohort will open march 1, 2017. 


The International City/County Management Association (ICMA), with funding from the U.S. Department of State, is offering a Professional Fellows Program for participants from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The program focuses particularly on legislative processes and governance practices, accountability, and transparency. Part of the Professional Fellows Program will be in a U.S. local government community for four weeks. 

To apply for the program:

  • Read the frequently asked questions (FAQs) document on this page.
  • Open the and submit your application form
  • To learn more about the YSEALI program, watch videos made by last year's fellows here and here.
  • To apply for the Environmental Sustainability cohort, click here.

You can learn more about the most recent Professional Fellows program on the ICMA International website, and you can read about past Fellows' experiences in their blog.  If you have questions, please contact: fellows@icma.org 

To apply to be a host community for international fellows, please fill out the Professional Fellows Program Host Application. 


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If you are applying for the Professional Fellows Program, you may also be interested in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).


Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) consists of bright young leaders aged 18-35 years from the ASEAN countries. These young leaders have innovative ideas for tackling what they have identified as their generation’s greatest challenges in the ASEAN region: economic development, environmental protection, education, and civic engagement. The United States is partnering with these extraordinary young men and women by providing training and funding to up-and-coming social entrepreneurs.

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Anonymous said

Only for those who are aroung 18 to 35? How about a more matured inidividual who are in her early 40th? can it be considered?

Lauren Crawford

Lauren Crawford said

Unfortunately, this program is only offered for that age range under the YSEALI initiative. If you would like to find additional programs offered by the Department of State, please visit: www.exchanges.state.gov.

Syinta Juwita

Hi Lauren .. Miss u so much

Anonymous said

My previous job was with International Org, advocating central bank of Laos for regulatory reform, such as financial regulatory frameworks, so enabling private sector to run their business better hence empowering national economy. Now I am working with private sector to have a sense of what are issues that they are facing on day-to-day operations. Am I eligible to apply for YSEALI Professional Fellows?

Anonymous said

I am searching for 2016 YSEALI professional application form for Civil Society and NGO Development. But I couldn't find one. How can I find it?

Anonymous said

Hi, are the results for the spring 2016 cohort out? Thanks.

Leam Sovanrathana

Hi everyone! I'm gladly to be here to you all.

Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan

Really want to apply one more time and have chance to discover the U.S once time more. Miss beautiful time with my friends in the U.S! Thanks ICMA and good luck to all applicants!


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