YSEALI STEM Education Video Competition: Call for Applications

Phnom Penh, August 2, 2018 — The Asia Foundation in Cambodia is now accepting video applications for the YSEALI STEM Education Video Competition. Applications must be submitted through the online application form by the deadline of September 16, 2018.

Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the U.S. Department of State’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programs and engagements, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN community of leaders who work across borders to solve common issues.

The Asia Foundation in Cambodia previously hosted the YSEALI STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education Regional Workshop 2018 in Phnom Penh from February 28th to March 2nd, 2018. As part of this ongoing program, the Foundation is now inviting potential candidates across YSEALI countries to submit a video entry to the YSEALI STEM Education Video Competition.

Winning Submissions

Three videos will be selected as the winners of the competition and will receive cash prizes: the first prize winner will receive $500 (five hundred USD); the second prize winner will receive $400 (four hundred USD); the third prize winner will receive $300 (three hundred USD) and the most popular video on Facebook prize winner will receive $300 (three hundred USD). [Each video can win only one prize.]

Eligibility Criteria

To apply, please check submission eligibility and review the application guidelines here.


To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • Between 18-25 years old;
  • A citizen of one of the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam;
  • A YSEALI member: join at http://yseali.state.gov;
  • Able to speak and read English;
  • Have a keen interest in STEM education and/or STEM-related pursuits, exhibit leader-ship potential, and an awareness for and interest in engaging in regional educational activities.

To be eligible, a video entry must meet the following criteria:

  • Produced by an individual or a team of not more than four people;
  • Must NOT be produced by professional videographers or photographers;
  • Must be original content, i.e. produced after the 1st of August 2018;
  • Focus on STEM Education in 11 YSEALI countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand Timor-Leste and Vietnam;
  • Must be between 2 minutes and 2 minutes and 30 seconds in length;
  • Videos that feature children under the age of 18 years old must obtain permission from their parent or guardian.

Must answer one or all of the following questions:

  1. What does STEM Education mean to you?
  2. How do you see STEM Education help solve social problems in your community/country?
  3. How do you promote STEM Education among girls and women in Southeast Asia?

Selection Criteria

Video entries will be selected based on:

  • Creativity;
  • Popularity (shortlisted videos will be featured on a Facebook page for public votes. Popularity will be measured by the number of views and shares on Facebook);
  • Ability to tell a story effectively;
  • Clarity of the message;
  • Memorable factor (will one remember your video three months from now?);
  • Video quality (sound, editing skills, clarity of video).

Selection Process

Staff from The Asia Foundation will evaluate each video application thoroughly and shortlist a small number of videos. Final selections will be conducted and announced by the US Embassy Phnom Penh. Participants will be chosen without regard to gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic background, marital status, or financial need.

Please direct any inquiries to Menghun Kaing at [email protected].

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