Australia opens fellowship program for social entrepreneurs

Australia is now offering a fellowship program to help social entrepreneurs or sociopreneurs from Southeast Asian countries develop their leadership skills and learn to forge cross-cultural connections.

An advisory from the Australian Embassy in Manila said the Land Down Under is recruiting 15 young entrepreneurs from Australia itself and from Southeast Asian countries for a three-month skills development and networking among the region's "thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, and A2ELP alumni."

A2ELP stands for Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program, which is the same program the Australian government opened.

Participants of the program will get the chance to visit Australia for "a week-long in-person intensive from 26 April to 3 May 2023," the advisory read.

Aside from that, there will also be online modules, mentoring, and learning sessions, it added.

Those interested in joining must be:

• a founder or leader of a social enterprise

• younger than 35 years old

• Citizen of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member state (namely, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam)

• able to commit to the three-month program from March to May 2023, including the in-person program in Australia

• a holder of a valid passport with at least six months validity remaining after May 2023.