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Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is a U.S. Department of State sponsored program that seeks to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia by engaging promising young leaders on critical topics in the region. Under the Mansfield Center's umbrella, the University of Montana and the East-West Center bring 42 Southeast Asian young leaders ages 18-25 to the United States each fall and spring to for an Academic Fellowship on Environmental Issues and Natural Resource Management.


Twenty-one of these students travel to Montana to study with peers at UM, meet community experts, and participate in field-based learning. Fellows then travel to Louisiana and Washington, DC before returning home. Once home, fellows implement projects developed during the program to address environmental concerns and issues in the region.

Community Involvement

Community members may participate in this program as weekend homestay host families. Undergraduate students may participate in the UM Student Leader Cohort. Graduate students may participate as graduate teaching assistants.

You can also read about participant experiences at the YSEALI on Natural Resources program blog.