We're looking for emerging conservation leaders from Southeast Asia who are at the forefront of ocean-focused initiatives!

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Marine Accelerator Program (MAP) is a program to advance the capacity of emerging conservation leaders and influencers from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, or Vietnam to scale up or expand initiatives that improve regional cooperation and address maritime and inland waterway issues, such as illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing; river or marine ecosystem degradation; or marine debris.

Successful applicants to the YSEALI MAP will attend one virtual workshop in April and one in May, and an intensive in-person workshop in the Philippines in June. Participants will also get a chance to receive up to $2,000 in project grants to scale up and sustain their initiatives.

The YSEALI MAP is a project of Save Philippine Seas and the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines.

Applicants must be:

  • between 18-35 years old;
  • citizens and residents of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, or Vietnam.; and
  • a YSEALI member. If you are not yet a member, register for free at http://yseali.state.gov. Complete the form at the upper right side of the website that says "Connect with YSEALI."

Applicants may:

  • apply as individuals or a team of up to three members; and
  • represent private entities (including startups and social enterprises), civil society organizations, or academic institutions.

Application Period December 19, 2020-January 31, 2021 Participants will be notified about the status of their application by mid-March 2021.