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TechWomen to empower, connect, and support the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

Our Mission

The mission of TechWomen is to empower, connect, and support the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by providing them access and opportunity to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and become role models for women and girls in their communities.

How We Do It

TechWomen brings emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the United States for a mentorship and exchange program. TechWomen provides participants access to networks, resources, and knowledge to empower them to reach their full potential.

During the five-week program, participants engage in project-based mentorships at leading companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley, participate inprofessional development workshops and networking events, and travel to Washington, D.C. for targeted meetings and special events to conclude the program.

Over the past five years, 332 women from Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Yemen and Zimbabwe have participated in TechWomen.

Mentoring Across the World

The TechWomen experience doesn’t end in California or Washington, D.C. After the program, Emerging Leaders and Mentors have the opportunity to reconnect during delegation trips to program countries in Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. Programming focuses on expanding networks of women in the STEM fields, creating and strengthening partnerships, encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers, and ensuring the sustainability of Mentor-Emerging Leader relationships.

TechWomen is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affai.... TechWomen, launched in 2011, supports the United States’ global commitment toward advancing the rights and participation of women and girls around the world by enabling them to reach their full potential in the tech industry.

TechWomen is managed by the Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives (WLI) at the Institute of International Education ® (IIE).

Eligibility and Application

The application for the 2016 TechWomen program will open on November 30, 2015.

Selection Process

TechWomen participants are selected based on the eligibility requirements below. Applications are reviewed by independent selection committees composed of industry leaders and regional experts. Semifinalists may be interviewed by United States Embassy personnel in their country of permanent residence.

2016 TechWomen Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must
Be women 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 proficient in written and spoken English
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

TechWomen encourages people with diverse backgrounds and skills to apply, including individuals with disabilities.

Women committed to addressing concerns of global climate change and environmental issues are particularly encouraged to apply.

Selection Timeline

Semifinalists will be contacted via email in/around April 2016. Final decisions will be made in May 2016. All applicants will be notified of the results of their application.

Selection Timeline

November 30, 2015: Application opens
February 1, 2016: Application deadline
May 2016: Semifinalists may be contacted for interviews by local U.S. embassies and consulates
June 2016: All applicants notified of application status
September 11, 2016: TechWomen program begins in San Francisco, CA

for more info see https://www.techwomen.org/participants/eligibility-and-application



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