Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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If I am a citizen of one country, but am a resident in another, which should I specify in my application? Would it be beneficial to denote one country over another? 

Applications are evaluated based on your qualifications and academic background and not on nationality within the Northeast Asian Region and US. We look to see if a candidate meets the requirements described in the YLP Announcement and do not discriminate against their country of origin among the Northeast Asian Region and US. If you have citizenship or residency statuses with multiple countries, you do not have to “pick” only one to state in your application. However, feel free to provide us with your full information.

What type of references is NEAEF looking for in my YLP application?

Though we prefer academic references, professional references are acceptable. Personal references, such as a friend, are not acceptable.

Do my references have to be sent in at the same time that I send my application materials?

No. Your professor, advisor, or whomever you ask to write your reference may send their reference letters to our office directly. However, all references must reach our office no later than two weeks after the original deadline.

How should my references be sent? 

Please have your references sent via e-mail:

Do you accept more than two references?

No, only two references are accepted.

How many people are accepted into the YLP?

Each year, the YLP accepts around 30 individuals into the program

How long should my cover letter be?

Please limit your cover letter to one page, single-spaced.

Is there anything particular that the selection committee is looking for in my application?

Although the selection committee’s decision is based on each applicant’s personal merit and qualifications (i.e. resume, C.V., cover letter), applicants who exhibit an interest in internationalism, as well as a desire to cross cultural and national borders in their work tend to stand out the most.

If I already have prior commitments and am unable to stay for the whole duration of the program (arriving late or leaving early), can I still apply to the program?

All admitted participants are required to attend the activities and sessions for all days of the Young Leaders Program. All fellows who are admitted to the program formally agree to be present for all days of the program. If you know in advance that you will be unable to attend all days of the conference, your application cannot be considered.