TechWomen is a programme that 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.
To be a part of the program, would-be participants must meet certain criteria such as having two years full-time professional experience in the STEM and be eligible to obtain a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa.
Applications will close on January 17, 2017. Semifinalists will be contacted via email in/around March 2017 while finalists will be announced early May 2017.
The program proper will commence in September 2017 in San Francisco, CA and end in October 2017 in Washington, DC. During this period, the participants will engage in project-based mentorships at leading companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
They will also participate in professional development workshops and networking events, and travel to Washington, DC. for targeted meetings and special events.
TechWomen is an Initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and has been held annually since launch in 2011.
420 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.
You can start your application Here.