The TechWomen Leadership Program 2024 in the USA is an inspiring initiative under the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Launched over a decade ago, the program underscores the United States’ commitment to advancing the rights and participation of women and girls worldwide, particularly in the tech industry. This program is especially significant as it empowers women to realize their full potential in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The program brings together emerging women leaders in STEM from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East with their professional counterparts in the United States. This five-week mentorship and exchange program includes:
- Engage in challenging concepts and questions.
- Collaborate on innovative projects.
- Network with industry leaders.
- Discover and develop their leadership styles.
- Form friendships and networks with women globally.
- Explore San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, D.C.
- Inspire women and girls in their home countries.
Benefits of the TechWomen Program
The TechWomen program is a fully funded opportunity, ensuring that financial constraints do not hinder talented women from participating. The benefits include:
- International airfare to and from the participant’s home country to the U.S.
- Accommodation during the stay.
- Coverage of meals and food expenses.
- Local public transport facilitation.
- Domestic airfare from San Francisco or Chicago to Washington for program activities.
It’s important to note, however, that participants will be responsible for any costs associated with non-program activities.
Prospective applicants must:
- Be women with a minimum of two years of full-time professional experience in STEM.
- Hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
- Be proficient in English.
- Be citizens and permanent residents of eligible countries (like Libya) 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 (except the Diversity Immigrant Visa) in the past five years.
- Not be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Preference will be given to those who demonstrate leadership, commitment to their home countries, limited U.S. experience, a record of community service, entrepreneurialism, and a willingness to engage in exchange programs.