Join the 2024 U.S.-ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI!


#WomenFeedTheFuture: Advancing Women’s Leadership for Food Security

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About the Academy


We are excited to offer the 10th U.S.-ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI Regional Workshop for youth from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. This fully-funded workshop will bring together women leaders between the ages of 20 to 35 who are working on food security issues.

The Academy is an avenue for young women leaders to advance their leadership skills and understand the importance of human capital development and civic engagement to support their work in preventing food insecurity and managing the impact of short-term and long-term food shortages.

Specifically, the Academy aims to:

  • become an avenue for participants to advance their leadership skills
  • increase the participants’ understanding of key gender differences and challenges specific to food security issues in the region
  • expand their network of young Southeast Asian women leaders who work across national borders and drive collective action
  • provide access to seed funding and mentorship
  • nurture a strong ASEAN identity and community

The program will include also leadership training and expert-led sessions that unpack food security issues and relevant fields. As a participant, you also have the opportunity to collaborate on a knowledge product with fellow women leaders from the region and the United States to foster cross-cultural exchange and increase areas and scope of impact in the domain of food security.




Program Dates


If you are interested in strengthening your leadership skills and advancing your career, and you meet the following eligibility criteria, please apply by submitting this form before November 26, 2023.

The program will start with online activities and sessions in January 2024, followed by an in-person workshop in April 2024 and optional advocacy and collaborative activities until August 2024.


All travel, lodging, and costs associated with your participation will be funded by the U.S. State Department in cooperation with Wedu as the implementing partner.


Eligibility Criteria<


  • Women aged 20 to 35 (at the time of the workshop)
  • Citizens of and currently residing in: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, or Vietnam
  • Minimum of two years of professional or volunteer experience relevant to addressing food security-related issues. Fields that will be considered include but are not limited to:
    • Biotech
    • Agriculture
    • Trade/Economics
    • Resource management (e.g., water, soil)
    • Public health specialities associated with nutrition and food safety
  • Passionate about building communities and have a keen interest in building a network through collaboration and partnership with other leaders from Southeast Asian countries
  • Proficient in written and spoken English
  • Have a valid passport that expires after October 31, 2024
  • Able to attend the entire four-day in-person workshop in April 2023 and the pre and post-workshop activities between January-August 2024.



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All applications submitted after November 26, 202, will not be accepted.

Selected participants will be notified by the end of January 2024.

For questions, please contact

The U.S.-ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI is a program funded by the U.S. State Department through funding managed by the U.S. Mission to ASEAN for the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative, in partnership with Wedu as the implementing partner. For this year’s Academy on food security, we are also engaging with AGREA and the Feminist Food Journal as content partners.

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