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Buat yang ingin memiliki pengalaman mempelajari atmosfir dan sistem politik serta kebijakan di Amerika, ini ada beasiswa dari The American Council of Young Political Leader (ACYPL) dan the U.S Department of State yang bekerja sama dengan The United States – Indonesia Society (USINDO).

Beasiswa ini ditujukan untuk “Young political and policy leaders” dari Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, dan Amerika. Berdasarkan pengalaman saya, kata “leaders” disini tidak harus berarti orang yang sudah memiliki satu jabatan resmi yang tinggi, misalnya sudah menjadi anggota DPR. Kata itu bisa berarti orang-orang yang mempunyai potensi untuk menjadi pemimpin di masa depan, dibuktikan dengan latar belakang organisasi dan pengalaman kerja yang sudah dilaluinya. Jadi, bagi yang aktif di organisasi, institusi, atau pekerjaan yang bersinggungan dengan bidang politik dan kebijakan serta pernah menduduki jabatan tertentu, bisa melamar beasiswa ini.

Berikut ini informasinya.


Deadline: April 15, 2015

The American Council of Young Political Leader (ACYPL) and the U.S Department of State, in cooperation with The United States – Indonesia Society (USINDO) is pleased to announce the development of a Professional Fellows Program for young political and policy leaders from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. The Fall 2015 Program will be held from October 3 – November 13, 2015.

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) will provide international participants with an in-depth, hands-on exploration of the vital role that a diverse civil society plays in our country’s political processes, and how this involvement informs and enhances political transparency and accountability as well as American democracy. In so doing, fellows will strengthen understanding of American governance, politics, and the legislative process. The American program participants will gain knowledge and insight into the government and political dynamics of the country in which their hosted fellows live and work. By then travelling to these countries, they will gain personal perspective into the challanges and opportunities of local political and government systems and share professional knowledge, strategic advice, best practices, and shared aspirations.

These exchanges will serve as a foundation on which to establish sustainable two-way partnerships between the young political and policy professionals from these Southeast Asian countries and their American counterparts, with the goal of promoting and strengthening civil society, good governance, mutual understanding, and trust.

Eligibility Requirements:

1. Between the ages of 25-35

2. Fluent in oral and written English

3. Provide a comprehensive, well-conceived written framework for a project to be refined and implemented with input and assistance of an American mentor in their home country

4. Self-directed and able to work effectively in cross-cultural settings

5. Demonstrated commitment to public service

6. Leadership potential in the government, private sector, or civil society

7. Committed to organizing an 8-10 day program in their country for an American mentor

8. May not hold a dual-US citizenship or have travelled on a J-1 VISA for a Department of State sponsored program in the past two years.

International Fellows Overview

1. Two international fellows from each country will travel to Washington, DC for a 5-day program orientation and federal government overview as well as cultural outings.

2. Each fellow will participate in a 4-week intensive fellowship in a separate political, policy, or civil society office with day-to-day mentoring and guidance from a single point of contact, their fellowship host. Each Friday, the fellows will meet their American mentor, an ACYPL alumni, to attend meetings pertaining to current events in the area, reflect on the week’s experiences, and work on their individual project plans.

3. At the conclusion of the program, all international fellows will return to Washington, DC for a 3-day Professional Fellows Congress where they will interact and share their experiences with other international fellows from different programs.

4. Upon returning to their home countries, international fellows will work with their American mentors to create an 8-10 day program in which the American mentor will visit each of fellows’ places of employment to learn more about what they do, assist in the continuing implementation of their project, meet with local leaders, as well as enjoy cultural outings.

Application Instructions and Deadline:

Kindly note that the application can only be done online. We do not accept direct or hard copy submission. The application form can only be downloaded and submitted by clicking: HERE. Eligible candidates are required to submit the complete application form by April 15, 2015 the latest. Incomplete or late submission will not be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the panel consists of representatives from ACYPL, U.S. Embassy and USINDO.

Should you have any further inquiries and questions, please contact Mr. Elliot Bell-Krasner at or +(1) 202.448.9327.

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