TechWomen Emerging Leaders Program

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TechWomen Emerging Leaders Programme 2024 is now accepting applications, marking an exciting opportunity for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to enhance their careers.

Initiated by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), TechWomen embodies the United States’ commitment to advancing women’s rights and participation globally.

Since its inception in 2011, TechWomen has been pivotal in empowering women from diverse backgrounds to realize their dreams and become influential role models in STEM fields.

Program Details

The TechWomen program offers a unique blend of mentorship and cultural exchange.

Participants from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East are paired with counterparts in the United States for a five-week program. This includes:

  • Project-based mentorships at leading companies in the San Francisco Bay Area or Chicago.
  • Professional development workshops and networking events.
  • A trip to Washington, D.C., for special meetings and events to conclude the program.

Over 1,000 women from various countries, including Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, South Africa, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe, have benefited from TechWomen.

Financial Support

TechWomen covers numerous costs for participants, ensuring a focus on learning and growth:

  • Roundtrip international airfare from the participant’s home country to the United States.
  • Domestic airfare within the U.S.
  • Accommodation in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Emeryville, or Chicago during the mentorship period.
  • Meals and incidentals.
  • Housing and hotel stay in Washington, D.C.
  • Public transportation and local transportation for group events.

Participants are responsible for costs related to non-program activities and any non-program-related travel.

Eligibility Criteria

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must:

  • Women with at least two years of full-time professional STEM experience (excluding internships and unpaid work).
  • Hold at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Be proficient in English.
  • Be citizens or permanent residents of the specified countries at the time of application and during the program.
  • Be eligible for a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa.
  • Not have applied for a U.S. immigrant visa in the past five years (excluding the Diversity Immigrant Visa).
  • Not be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Preference will be given to those who demonstrate leadership potential, community service, entrepreneurial spirit, and a commitment to mentorship.

Application Process

The application process for the 2024 TechWomen program is straightforward:

  • Applications must be submitted by January 10, 2024, at 09:00 AM PST.
  • Applicants will be notified of their status by April 30, 2024.
  • Final decisions will be made by May 31, 2024.

To apply, visit TechWomen Application.

Conclusion

TechWomen Emerging Leaders Programme 2024 is more than a mentorship; it’s a launchpad for ambitious women in STEM to become global leaders. By participating, you join a network of trailblazers shaping the future of technology and engineering.

For further details, visit TechWomen’s Eligibility and Application page.

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