The TechWomen initiative will identify 100 women in STEM fields fromÂ countriesÂ in Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East to participate in the 2019 program.
Course Level:Â Training, Fellowship
Eligible Countries:Â Algeria,Â Cameroon,Â Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan,Â Kenya, Kyrgyzstan,Â Lebanon,Â Morocco,Â Nigeria, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories,Â Rwanda,Â SierraÂ Leone,Â SouthÂ Africa, Tajikistan,Â Tunisia, Turkmenistan,Â Uzbekistan orÂ Zimbabwe.
To be taken at (country):Â USA
Eligible Field of Study:Â Any STEM fields
TechWomen Emerging Leaders will:
- ChallengeÂ themselves with new questions and concepts
- CollaborateÂ with like-minded women in their fields on an innovative project
- NetworkÂ with influential industry leaders
- DiscoverÂ their own innovative leadership style
- CreateÂ meaningful friendships with women from all over the world
- ExploreÂ the diverse communities of the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, D.C.
- InspireÂ the next generation of women and girls in their home countries
Eligibility Criteria:Â Applicants must
- Be women with, at minimum, two years full-time professional experience in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.Â Please note that internships and other unpaid work experience does not count toward the two-year professional experience requirement.
- Have, at minimum, aÂ bachelorâ€™s degree/four-year university degree or equivalent.
- Be proficient in written and spoken English.
- Be citizens and permanent residents of Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan,Â Kenya, Kyrgyzstan,Â Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan,Â Tunisia, Turkmenistan,Â 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 â€œvisa lotteryâ€) in the past five years.
- Not hold U.S. citizenship or be a U.S. legal permanent resident.
Preference will be given toÂ applicants who
- Demonstrate themselves as emerging leaders in their chosen professional track through their work experience, volunteer experience, community activities and education.
- Are committed to return to their home countries to share what they have learned and mentor women and girls.
- Have limited or no prior experience in the United States.
- Have a proven record of voluntary or public service in their communities.
- Have a demonstrated track record of entrepreneurialism and commitment to innovation.
- Demonstrate a willingness to participate in exchange programs, welcome opportunities for mentoring and new partnership development, and exhibit confidence and maturity.
TechWomenÂ encourages people with diverse backgrounds and skills to apply, including individuals with disabilities.
Selection:Â TechWomen participants are selected based on theÂ eligibilityÂ 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.
Number of Awardees:Â 100 women
Value of Scholarship:Â 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:Â The 2018 TechWomen program will occur over five weeks from SeptemberÂ â€“ October 2019. Due to the fast-paced nature of the program, arrival and departure dates are not flexible.
Method of Application:
- Interested TechWomen participants should apply based on the application requirements in link below.
Scholarship Application Deadline: Opens TODAY 20th November 2018
- Application closes:Â 16th January, 2019
- March 2018:Â Semifinalists are contacted
- May 2018:Â Final selection decisionsÂ are made
- September â€“ October 2019:Â U.S. TechWomen program
Award Provider:Â US Department of State