YSEALI Regional Workshop on Designing Games that Drive Social Change


Deadline: 27 June 22

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to develop and implement a regional United States Initiative workshop. Young Southeast Asian Leaders (YSEALI) on designing games that drive social change, to be held in Malaysia (Penang or Kuala Lumpur) pending availability of funding.

The proposed workshop will focus on introducing existing and aspiring young game developers to the concept of game design for social change and equip them with the technical and storytelling skills to design engaging interactive experiences. The program should also provide participants with nuanced background knowledge on critical social issues facing their communities that could be brought to light through gaming media.


  • YSEALI is the US government’s flagship initiative to engage emerging leaders in Southeast Asia. The program aims to create a network of young Southeast Asian leaders who work across national borders to solve common problems. Through a variety of programs and engagements, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capacity of young people in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture a community of leaders who work across borders to solve common problems.
  • YSEALI is open to young leaders between the ages of 18 and 35 who are both citizens and residents of member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos , Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) or Timor-Leste.
  • Responding to the priorities of young people in the ASEAN region, YSEALI programs focus on four themes (economic growth, sustainable development, education and civic engagement).

Funding Information

  • Duration of the performance period: 10 to 12 months
  • Number of awards planned: one
  • Award amounts: The award can range from a minimum of $150,000 to a maximum of $200,000.
  • Subject to availability of funds.
  • Total funding available: $200,000
  • Funding Type: FY22 Smith Mundt Public Diplomacy Funds
  • Planned program start date: August 2022

Participants and audience

  • The recipient will coordinate with the United States Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and with the United States Embassies in ASEAN and Timor-Leste to recruit and select 60-70 participants. Entrants will be between the ages of 18 and 35 and have experience or a demonstrated interest in game design, game development, storytelling, or delivering social messages through games or other creative media.
  • All participants must be fluent in written and spoken English. All programs must include participants from all ten ASEAN member countries and Timor-Leste.
  • The workshop will be held in English.
  • The recipient will be responsible for arranging and using funds from the cooperative agreement to cover all travel-related items for participants and staff, including international and domestic flights, visas, travel to and from from airports, visas, accommodation, per diem, meals during the program, insurance, etc.

Priority region: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Timor-Leste.

Eligibility criteria

  • The following organizations are eligible to apply:
    • American public and private educational institutions
    • US nonprofit organizations, including think tanks
    • Foreign public and private educational institutions
    • Foreign non-profit organizations, including think tanks

For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=340752


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