TechWomen Emerging Leaders Programme 2024 (Fully-funded) – APPLY NOW

Applications are now open for the TechWomen Emerging Leaders Programme 2024. TechWomen is a program that aims to empower, connect, and support the next generation of women leaders in STEM fields. The program provides these women with access and opportunities to advance their careers, pursue their aspirations, and serve as role models for other women and girls in their communities.

TechWomen Emerging Leaders Programme 2024
TechWomen Emerging Leaders Programme 2024

By enabling women to reach their full potential in the technology industry, TechWomen also supports the United States’ global commitment to promoting the rights and participation of women and girls worldwide.

TechWomen was launched in 2011 as an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and is currently managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Program Overview

TechWomen is a program that brings together emerging women leaders in STEM fields from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East with professional counterparts in the United States. The program aims to provide participants with mentorship, exchange opportunities, and access to networks and resources that will empower them to achieve their full potential.

During the five-week program, participants are matched with mentors from leading companies in the San Francisco Bay Area or Chicago and engage in project-based mentorships. They also take part in professional development workshops, networking events, and have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. for targeted meetings and special events as the program concludes.

In the past twelve years, TechWomen has hosted more than 1,000 women from a range of countries such as Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, South Africa, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, , Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Tunisia, the Palestinian Territories,  Uzbekistan, Pakistan Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

Covered Costs

The TechWomen program provides financial coverage for the following expenses:

  • Roundtrip airfare from the participant’s home country to the United States.
  • Domestic airfare from either San Francisco or Chicago to Washington, D.C.
  • Accommodation in either San Francisco, Sunnyvale (California), Emeryville (California), or Chicago during the mentorship period.
  • Meals and incidental expenses.
  • Hotel stay in Washington, D.C.
  • Public transportation expenses to the participant’s host company.
  • Local transportation expenses for group program events in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

TechWomen Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Applicants must be women who have worked professionally in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields for a minimum of two years. Please note that unpaid work experiences such as internships will not be considered towards the two-year experience requirement.
  • Applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree from a four-year university or its equivalent.
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English is necessary.
  • Candidates must hold citizenship and permanent residency in one of the following countries during the application and program period: Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Morocco, Rwanda, Pakistan, , Sierra Leone, South Africa, Nigeria Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, the Palestinian Territories, Uzbekistan, Lebanon or Zimbabwe.
  • Eligibility for obtaining a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa is necessary.
  • Applicants should not have applied for an immigrant visa to the United States (except for the Diversity Immigrant Visa) in the past five year.
  • Applicants cannot hold U.S. citizenship or be U.S. legal permanent residents.

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Applicants must show evidence of emerging leadership in their specific professional field through their work experience, volunteer work, community involvement, and educational background.
  • Applicants should have a strong commitment to returning to their home countries to share the knowledge they gained and mentor women and girls.
  • Candidates should possess little or no previous experience in the United States.
  • Applicants should have a documented history of voluntary or public service within their communities.
  • Applicants should have a demonstrated track record of being entrepreneurial and showing dedication to innovation.
  • Applicants must be willing to actively participate in exchange programs, embrace opportunities for mentoring and forming new partnerships, and exhibit confidence and maturity.

How to Apply For TechWomen Emerging Leaders Programme 2024

  • The application for TechWomen 2024 is currently open and will close on January 10, 2024, at 09:00 AM PST (GMT-08:00).
  • Applicants will receive notification regarding the status of their application (non-select or semi-finalist) by April 30, 2024. Final decisions will be made by May 31, 2024, at the latest.
  • Every applicant will receive a notification regarding the result of their application.
  • To start your application, please click on this link.

For additional details about the Programme, please visit the official website.

Application Deadline

January 10, 2024.



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