YSEALI Graduate Fellowship

The Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University invites application for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Graduate Fellowship. This one-year renewable fellowship is open to doctoral students with a focus on social science research related to social innovation, Southeast Asia, social entrepreneurship, community engagement and/or economic development. The position is available for doctoral students in their fourth or fifth years of studies during the fellowship period.

The fellowship aims to involve doctoral students as leaders of a five-week program that runs every semester in collaboration with the University of Connecticut. The YSEALI for Student Leaders on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development provides university student leaders residing in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam with a transformative learning experience that deepens their knowledge and understanding of the United States while equipping them with critical social entrepreneurship skills and knowledge of economic development to create sustainable solutions to problems in their communities and country. 

The Swearer Center connects students, community and the academy through collaborative action and scholarship. We are committed to Brown University’s mission to “be of service to the community, nation and world.” The Center intentionally cultivates synergies advancing community engagement and social innovation at Brown University, nationally and internationally.

Responsibilities & Expected Hours

The fellow serves as a team member under the supervision of the Swearer Center’s Director of Faculty Engagement & Research. The fellow designs and implements the following in relation to the YSEALI program:

  • Planning, developing, overseeing and evaluating all academic aspects of the academic residency, in collaboration with UConn YSEALI Academic Director. 
  • Assuring that all learning goals of program are addressed in the program. 
  • Facilitating reflective and integrative sessions with YSEALI student participants.
  • Recruitment, selection, and oversight of participating workshop facilitators, lecturers and external guest speakers, panelists and subject matter experts. 
  • Overseeing curriculum development and student advisement. 
  • Working with UConn YSEALI Academic director to plan educational and cultural visits during joint 6-day study tour (New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC.). 
  • Occasional ad hoc web-based mentoring for 4-6 weeks month after YSEALI Fellows return home to plan grant funded local mini-projects.   

Fellows will be appointed to a Proctorship for the Fall and Spring semesters, with a commitment of up to 20 hours/week on average. Weekly hours may be higher during on-site programming weeks in October 2018 & March 2019. 


Brown doctoral students entering their fourth year or later (preferably in the social sciences) are invited to apply. Priority will be given to applicants with demonstrated experience in program design/administration, teaching and the South East Asian region. 

Funding and Award

The stipend for this fellowship is $30,000/academic year. If applicable, health insurance, dental insurance and coverage of the health services fee would be provided by the Graduate School.

Application Process and Submission Deadline:

  • A Statement of Purpose (maximum 2-page statement) detailing: 
    • Current status as a graduate student (year, expected graduation date, competing employment or academic demands expected in 2018/19);
    • Your interest in the position, experience working in program design and administration, experience with international students/scholars, thematic knowledge of social innovation/entrepreneurship, knowledge of the South East Asian region;
  • A writing sample (5-page stand-alone sample or paper sample)
  • A current CV;
  • A short message of support from applicant’s Director of Graduate Studies (DGS);
  • A letter of recommendation from Brown faculty advisor.

Send these items as one .pdf document via email to the Swearer Center Director of Faculty Engagement & Research [email protected] with the subject line: [Y-SEALI Fellowship_Last Name] by 2:00 pm on April 26, 2019. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.


Graduate students are also invited to apply to the Graduate Fellowship in Community Engaged Scholarship:

The Graduate Fellowship in Community Engaged Scholarship is a one-year renewable fellowship is open to doctoral students with a focus on social science research related to community engagement, higher education, community development, assessment, organizational change and/or professional networks and field building. The position is available for doctoral students in their third-fifth years of studies during the fellowship period. The fellowship aims to involve graduate doctoral students in research on the community engagement in higher education field both nationally and internationally. Graduate fellows will contribute to the ongoing research agenda of the Swearer Center’s College and University Engagement Initiative.