TechWomen empowers, connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa and the Middle East by providing them with 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.
TechWomen is an Initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
- Be a woman with, at minimum, two years full-time professional experience in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math);
- Have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree/four year university degree or equivalent;
- Be citizens and permanent residents of Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, 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, or participated in a 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 applicants 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.
DEADLINE: February 1, 2016