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Apply now for the TechWomen Fall 2023 programme, an Initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Emerging female STEM leaders from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East are brought together with their American counterparts in the STEM fields through TechWomen for a mentorship and exchange program. Participants in TechWomen have access to networks, tools, and expertise that will help them realize their full potential.

The five-week program includes project-based mentorships at prestigious organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area or Chicago, networking opportunities, professional development courses, and travel to Washington, DC for program-closing meetings and special events.

Benefits

The following costs are covered by the TechWomen Fall 2023 programme:

  • Roundtrip international airfare from participant home country to the United States
  • Domestic airfare from San Francisco or Chicago to Washington, D.C.
  • Housing in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, California, Emeryville, California or Chicago, Illinois during the mentorship period.
  • Meals and incidentals.
  • Hotel stay in Washington, D.C.
  • Public transportation to the participant’s host company.
  • Local transportation to group program events in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.

Eligibility

  • women with, at minimum, two years full-time professional experience in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Note 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.
  • 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.
Selection
  • Independent selection committees made up of local professionals and business leaders assess applications. Interviews with semifinalists may be conducted by representatives of the US Embassy in their country of citizenship.
Timeline
  • The Fall 2023 TechWomen application closes 09:00AM PST (GMT-08:00), Friday, January 6, 2023.
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their application (non-select or semi-finalist) no later than April 30, 2023.
  • Semi-finalists contacted for an in-country interview no later than April 2023.
  • Final decisions made no later than May 31, 2023. All applicants will be notified of the results of their application.

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