CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2012 Public Service Award

The Asia Society is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative 2012 Public Service Award (PSA). The deadline for applications is midnight ET, September 10, 2012.

Please submit all applications by email to [email protected] (Click on the link to download the application form.)


1. What are the criteria for this award?

All organizations applying for this award must:

  • Be nominated by an Asia 21 Fellow or Delegate of a past Asia 21 Young Leaders’ Summit;
  • Be based and conduct activities in the Asia-Pacific region;
  • Have a plan to engage actively with and accept ongoing support from the Asia 21 Class of 2012 Fellows;
  • Have permission to accept funds from the United States of America;
  • Demonstrate positive impact from their work at the time of submission of their application;
  • Have an annual budget of less than US$3,000,000; and
  • Have a transparent accounting process for finances.

For a list of additional desirable criteria, please see the complete application form.

2. What documents are needed for applying?

  • Completed nomination form;
  • Two (2) references / letters of recommendation from individuals and/or organizations clearly indicating their support for the nomination for the Asia 21 2012 PSA and attesting to the nominee’s contributions. These supporting letters must come from appropriate project stakeholders (e.g. project beneficiaries, government officials, or private sector);
  • Most recent annual report of the organization from 2010-2011 or 2011-2012, including an annual financial statement (please include only the latest report);
  • Additional information that supports your application (such as press releases, reports or other data relating to projects mentioned in your application). The additional information should be a maximum of five (5) pages. This is not essential to your application. We may request additional information during the review process.

3. When is the award going to be decided and what are the deadlines of which I should be aware?

  • Call for Nominations: July 19 – September 10, 2012
  • All proposals for the Asia 21 2012 PSA should be submitted by email to the Jury Administrator by September 10, 2012, 12:00 midnight ET.
  • Review of proposals and the selection of Top 5 nominees: September 11 – October 1, 2012.
  • The Top Five contenders are notified of the results of the Asia 21 2012 PSA: November 1, 2012.
  • Asia21 2012 PSA Presentation Ceremony at the Asia Society’s 2012 Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in Dhaka: December 7-9, 2012

4. Why is it important for the organization that I nominate to be able to communicate with Asia Society Asia 21 in English?

In addition to the US$10,000, a very important component of the Award is access to the Asia 21 Fellows’ network for program development and mentoring. To ensure that the award-winning organization gets the most out of their experience through this exchange, English proficiency is a requirement.

5. Is the award only for organizations or can individuals also apply?

This award is only for organizations that are based and conduct activities in the Asia-Pacific region.

6. Can I nominate my own organization if I work at a public service organization?

If you are a past Asia 21 Fellow or Delegate, you are also encouraged to nominate your own organizations.

7. Who should I contact if I have more questions about the Public Service Award?

For further queries, please e-mail us at: [email protected] In order to ensure a speedy response, please do NOT leave a question in the comments section on this page.


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