TechWomen, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State, brings emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the United States for a mentorship and exchange program based in San Francisco.
During the 5-week program, participants engage in project-based mentorships at leading companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
The 2017 program will include 100 women from the following countries: Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe.
They are accepting applications for the 2017 program until January 17, 2017.
The TechWomen programme seeks women who have demonstrated themselves as emerging leaders in their chosen profession, through their work experience, volunteer experience, community activities and education.
The applications are reviewed by independent selection committees composed of industry leaders and regional experts.
In terms of eligibility requirements, applicants must be women with, at minimum, two years full-time professional experience in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields; have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree/four-year university degree or equivalent; be proficient in written and spoken English; be eligible to obtain a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa; not have applied for an immigrant visa to the US or participated in a visa lottery in the past 5 years and not hold US citizenship or be a U.S. legal permanent resident.