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US Government TechWomen Program 2021 for Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Fields

The TechWomen initiative will identify 100 women in STEM fields from countries in Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East to participate in the 2021 program.

From the moment the Emerging Leaders arrive, they are immersed in the innovative, constantly evolving culture of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. Emerging Leaders work closely with their Professional Mentors to design meaningful projects while exploring the San Francisco Bay Area with their Cultural Mentor and fellow program participants.

TechWomen Emerging Leaders will:

  1. Challenge themselves with new questions and concepts
  2. Collaborate with like-minded women in their fields on an innovative project
  3. Network with influential industry leaders
  4. Discover their own innovative leadership style
  5. Create meaningful friendships with women from all over the world
  6. Explore the diverse communities of the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, D.C.
  7. Inspire the next generation of women and girls in their home countries

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About TechWomen

TechWomen is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations. As mandated by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) works to build friendly, peaceful rel... read more


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TechWomen Fellowship


Aim and Benefits of TechWomen Fellowship

International travel, housing, meals and incidentals, local transportation and transportation to official TechWomen events are covered by the TechWomen program. Participants are responsible for the cost of any non-program activities in which they wish to partake, such as independent sightseeing and non-program-related travel.

Duration of Scholarship: The 2020 TechWomen program will occur over five weeks from February 2022 – March 2022. Due to the fast-paced nature of the program, arrival and departure dates are not flexible.


Requirements for TechWomen Fellowship Qualification

  1. Be women with, at minimum, two years full-time professional experience in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Please note that internships and other unpaid work experience does not count toward the two-year professional experience requirement.
  2. Have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree/four-year university degree or equivalent.
  3. Be proficient in written and spoken English.
  4. Be 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.
  5. Be eligible to obtain a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa.
  6. 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.
  7. Not hold U.S. citizenship or be a U.S. legal permanent resident.

Preference will be given to applicants who

  1. Demonstrate themselves as emerging leaders in their chosen professional track through their work experience, volunteer experience, community activities and education.
  2. Are committed to return to their home countries to share what they have learned and mentor women and girls.
  3. Have limited or no prior experience in the United States.
  4. Have a proven record of voluntary or public service in their communities.
  5. Have a demonstrated track record of entrepreneurialism and commitment to innovation.
  6. 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.


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Interview date, Process and Venue for TechWomen Fellowship

TechWomen participants are selected based on the eligibility requirements above. 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.


Application Deadline

May 5, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to TechWomen on apply.iie.org to apply

For more details, visit  TechWomen website



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