Applications are being accepted for the TechWomen Emerging Leaders Programme 2024, which offers women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) a fantastic chance to advance in their professions. Began by the United States.
TechWomen is an initiative of the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and is run by the Institute of International Education (IIE). It represents American commitment to promoting women’s participation and rights around the world.
TechWomen has played a significant role in enabling women from a variety of backgrounds to fulfill their potential and establish themselves as prominent role models in STEM professions since its founding in 2011.
Deadline: The application period for the 2024 TechWomen is currently open and ends on January 10, 2024, at 9:00 AM PST (GMT-08:00).
A special combination of cultural exchange and mentorship is provided by the TechWomen program. For a five-week program, participants are partnered with peers in the United States from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. This comprises:
Mentorships centered around projects at prestigious Chicago or San Francisco Bay Area companies.
Workshops for professional growth and networking occasions.
A visit to Washington, D.C., for extracurricular activities and meetings to wrap out the program.
TechWomen has helped more than 1,000 women from a variety of nations, including Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, South Africa, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe.
Eligibility for TechWomen
Candidates need to:
Be women who have worked in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professions full-time for at least two years. It should be noted that the two-year professional experience requirement does not apply to internships or other unpaid work experience.
Possess a bachelor’s degree, a four-year university degree, or an equivalent at the very least.
Possess fluency in both written and spoken English.
At the time of application and during the program, be citizens or permanent residents of one of the following countries: 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.
Be able to secure a J-1 exchange visitor visa for the United States.
Not have filed an application for an immigrant visa to the US in the previous five years (except from the Diversity Immigrant Visa, popularly referred to as the “visa lottery”).
Not be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident of the country.
Candidates who can demonstrate via their job experience, volunteerism, education, and involvement in the community that they are emerging leaders in their chosen professional track will be given preference.
Are devoted to mentoring women and girls and imparting their knowledge when they return to their home nations.
Possess little to no past experience living in the United States.
Possess an established track record of community service or volunteer work.
Has a proven track record of innovation, devotion, and entrepreneurship.
Timeline for Selection
The application period for the 2024 TechWomen is currently open and ends on January 10, 2024, at 9:00 AM PST (GMT-08:00). By April 30, 2024, applicants will receive word on their application status (non-select or semi-finalist). The deadline for making final judgments is May 31, 2024. Notification of the application’s outcome will be sent to each applicant.
Mode of Selection
Participants in TechWomen are chosen based on the eligibility conditions listed below. Independent screening committees made up of local specialists and business leaders examine applications. Staff members of the US Embassy in the semifinalists’ country of permanent residence may conduct interviews with them.
Benefits of Techwomen
TechWomen ensures that the emphasis is on learning and growth by paying for many of the participant’s expenses:
Travel expenses from the participant’s home country to the United States, including return travel.
Domestic travel in the United States.
During the mentorship time, accommodations can be found in Chicago, Sunnyvale, Emeryville, or San Francisco.
Meals as well as unplanned expenses.
Accommodations and lodging in Washington, D.C.
For group events, local and public transportation is available.
The price of any non-program-related travel and activities is the participant’s responsibility.
The TechWomen Emerging Leaders Programme 2024 serves as a springboard for aspirational women in STEM to become global leaders, providing more than just mentorship. By taking part, you become a part of a network of innovators influencing the direction of engineering and technology.