TechWomen empowers, connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls in their communities.
Through mentorship and exchange, TechWomen strengthens participants’ professional capacity, increases mutual understanding between key networks of professionals, and expands girls’ interest in STEM careers by exposing them to female role models.
Eligibility and Criteria
- Be women with, at minimum, two years full-time professional experience in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Please note that internships and other unpaid work experience does not count toward the two-year professional experience requirement.
- Have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree/four-year university degree or equivalent.
- Be proficient in written and spoken English.
- Be citizens and permanent residents of Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan or Zimbabwe at the time of application and while participating in the program.
- Be eligible to obtain a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa.
- Not have applied for an immigrant visa to the United States (other than the Diversity Immigrant Visa, also known as the “visa lottery”) in the past five years.
- Not hold U.S. citizenship or be a U.S. legal permanent resident.
Preference will be given to women who:
- Demonstrate themselves as emerging leaders in their chosen professional track through their work experience, volunteer experience, community activities and education.
- Are committed to return to their home countries to share what they have learned and mentor women and girls.
- Have limited or no prior experience in the United States.
- Have a proven record of voluntary or public service in their communities.
- Have a demonstrated track record of entrepreneurialism and commitment to innovation.
- Demonstrate a willingness to participate in exchange programs, welcome opportunities for mentoring and new partnership development, and exhibit confidence and maturity.
Awards and Benefits
- The foundation of the TechWomen program is the four-week professional mentorship at a company, organization, or institution in the San Francisco Bay Area or Silicon Valley.
- During the mentorship, strong bonds are formed that inspire a rich exchange of ideas and expertise. Prior to arriving in the United States, each Emerging Leader and her Professional Mentor design a collaborative project based on the Emerging Leader’s professional goals.
- Four days per week, for four weeks, the Emerging Leader and Mentor work together on the project at the Mentor’s company. Projects vary depending on each Emerging Leader’s areas of expertise and interests, as well as on the needs of the host company.
- The TechWomen program concludes with a week of meetings and special events in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. Professional and Cultural Mentors are invited to join the group in Washington, D.C.
Past D.C. events have included
- Visits to tech companies
- Meetings with STEM-focused public policy organizations
- Targeted discussions at the U.S. Department of State
- Formal luncheon honoring TechWomen at the U.S. Department of State
- Tour of the White House
- Monument and city tour
How To apply
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