The ASEAN Youth Fellowship (AYF) is a leadership development programme that aims to grow and connect emerging young leaders with a focus on public, private, people sector collaboration. It is organised by the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) in partnership with
the National Youth Council (NYC).
The programme was inaugurated in 2018 to commemorate Singapore’s Chairmanship of ASEAN. After a hiatus in 2020, the third run of the Fellowship took place from 27 to 31 October 2021.
Join Us as an ASEAN Youth Fellow
Applications are open from 24 April to 22 May 2023, 11:59pm (GMT +8).
Looking to develop yourself as a youth leader for the region?
If you are aged between 27 and 35, with an interest to connect with other young leaders and gain insights on ASEAN, submit your application now!
The ASEAN Youth Fellowship is a leadership development programme co-organised by the Singapore International Foundation and the National Youth Council. The 5th edition will take place in person from 28 October to 4 November 2023 in Singapore and Hanoi, Vietnam.
- Professionals aged between 27-35 years old
- Citizens of ASEAN member states
- Youth leaders with an established track record in their communities of influence, with high potential to take on more prominent leadership positions in the future
The AYF aims to provide leadership development and build a strong network among up-and-coming leaders while exposing them to further opportunities in the region and enhancing social innovation in ASEAN.
During the programme, participants have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with senior policy-makers and thought leaders, as well as participate in exclusive institutional visits and learning journeys to key facilities and organisations in Singapore and the region.
Upon completion of the programme, ASEAN Youth Fellows are committed to:
Forge stronger ties and closer partnerships among the Fellows
Expand and strengthen the connectivity among the youth of ASEAN
Enhance youth development
Endeavour towards greater social impact
Hear from Our ASEAN Youth Fellows
“As a Singaporean organised, led and funded programme, it really helped to bring a set of highly talented and diverse group of people together to remove boundaries, build trust and forge lifelong friendships. Singapore is one of the smallest nations within ASEAN and has established itself as a hub for culture, commerce and politics. Through this programme, it is solidifying itself as a excellent hub for future leaders to find a common ground, gather and work together to build a brighter future.”
Wu Khai Woon Kevin
Managing Partner, Kevin Wu & Associates
2022 ASEAN Youth Fellow (Malaysia)
“The AYF not only brings people together to discuss and debate topics of regional and global importance but also helps strengthen the common identity among ASEAN participants. I may have joined AYF as a Filipino delegate, but I emerged as a more empowered ASEAN citizen. My experience would help shape my conversations within my spheres of influence. Singapore is doing a great job capitalising on people and enriching its contribution to the regional agenda.”
Programme Officer, ASEAN Economic Reform Programme, British High Commission in Singapore
2021 ASEAN Youth Fellow (the Philippines)
“I can’t thank Singapore (the NYC and SIF) enough for bringing us from different parts of ASEAN together and enabling an exchange of meaningful ideas as well as building lifelong friendships among us all. Singapore makes us think more about our indivisible roles and responsibilities in giving back to the society and contributing to build a world that is socially innovative, compassionate and globally responsible.”
Lecturer, Institute of Foreign Languages, Royal University of Phnom Penh
2022 ASEAN Youth Fellow (Cambodia)