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Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program 2017 Applications Open

16 Nov 2016 10:42 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

Applications for the 2017 Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program are now open

The Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) brings together ten social entrepreneurs from South-East Asia and five from Australia to incubate new projects and professional connections across the region. Participation is fully funded, including travel and accommodation in Australia for an eight-day learning and development intensive in March 2017 delivered by Asialink and the Carlton Connect Initiative. 

The program was announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during the ASEAN-Australia Summit earlier this year. It was initiated by the Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) and is supported by the AAC, the Australia Global Alumni (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and the University of Melbourne.

Program participants will need to meet the following criteria:

  • a medium to high level of English language capability
  • aged between 25-35
  • at least two years’ experience working in a social venture or related organisation
  • able to travel to Australia for eight days to participate in the program, with additional time for pre-departure preparation and post-program engagement
  • actively interested in Australia-South East Asia and how interaction with peers from across the region would enhance their professional and personal development
  • awareness of challenges in their entrepreneurial area which can be explored during the program
  • access to required technology to film and submit short videos during the application, pre-departure preparation and program delivery processes
  • a social venture idea which is scale-able
  • able to both contribute to and benefit from the program
  • able to provide two referees (one professional, one character)

The Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program aims to showcase Australian and South-East Asian creativity and innovation in social impact. Applicants will be judged on the likelihood of their proposal delivering measurable impact; the potential for their social venture to develop links across the region over time; and their capacity to become an ambassador for social entrepreneurship and contribute to regional policy dialogues and industry roundtables.

The final selection of participants will reflect a diversity of professional and personal backgrounds, with one representative each selected from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. All participants should have an active interest in learning and collaborating with peers from across Australia and South-East Asia.

For more details of the program, please visit: asialink.unimelb.edu.au/a2elp 

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