Applications Open for Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Fellowship Program

January 26, 2021

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellowship Program. Through the YLAI Fellowship, up to 280 business and social entrepreneurs from across Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada build leadership skills and collaborate with U.S. host organizations and mentors to address shared business challenges. Applications are now being accepted at through February 25, 2021.

Launched in 2015, YLAI is the Department of State’s flagship program to empower emerging entrepreneurs from the Western Hemisphere to enable the full economic potential of the region’s citizens. Combining a fellowship program, an active and open online network, and ongoing activities organized by U.S. embassies and consulates, YLAI fosters prosperity, inclusive development, and democratic values. YLAI also promotes U.S. business models, increased trade, and job creation.

The YLAI Fellowship Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented in 2021 by IREX. For press inquiries, please contact To apply for the YLAI fellowship program, and to join the free YLAI Network, please visit U.S. businesses or organizations interested in serving as hosts or mentors, or building business connections with YLAI Fellows, can find more information from partner IREX here.