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U.S. Department of State’s TechWomen Program for Emerging Leaders to the United States

Deadline : January 10, 2024

Apply for the U.S. Department of State’s TechWomen Program for Emerging Leaders. TechWomen Program aims to empowers, connect and supports the next generation of women leaders in STEM ( science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The program is dedicated to Women from several countries, from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East.

Through this program, selected participants will have the opportunity to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls within their communities and countries at large. The Fall 2024 TechWomen program will occur over five weeks from September to October 2024.

The TechWomen initiative was lauched by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and is managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

For a duration of five-week program, program participants engage in project-based mentorships at leading companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, participate in professional development workshops and networking events, and travel to Washington, DC. for targeted meetings and special events to conclude the program.


If selected for the TechWomen program, you will receive the following benefits

  • Selected applicants will receive funding for an roundtrip international airfare from participant home country to the United States
  • Your domestic airfare from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. will also be covered
  • Program participants will receive housing facilities in San Francisco or Sunnyvale, California during the mentorship period.
  • Each program participant will share a two-bedroom apartment with a fellow Emerging Leader in either San Francisco or Sunnyvale, California, Emeryville or Chicago, Illinois depending on the location of her mentorship host company.
  • You will have your own private bedroom and bathroom with shared common spaces such as a living room and kitchen
  • Meals and incidentals will be covered by the program
  • You will receive coverage for public transportation costs to your host company
  • Local transportation to group program events in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, D.C.


  • Applicants must be citizens and permanent residents of one of the participating countries (Please see full list here)
  • You must have accumulated a minimum of two years full-time professional experience in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. 
  • Applicants must posses a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or a four-year university degree at the time of application
  • Demonstrate sufficient English proficient for both written and spoken.
  • Applicants must not hold U.S. citizenship and must not be U.S. legal permanent residents.
  • You must be eligible to obtain a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa.


The application form opens November 16, 2024. Interested applicants must complete their applications by filling out the online application before the deadline. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the following qualities

  • Emerging leaders’ qualities demonstrated in their chosen professional track through their work experience, volunteer experience, community activities and education.
  • Are committed to return to their home communities and put to practice their acquired skills
  • Those who have limited or no prior experience in the United States.

You will be required to create a new account in order to start your application. Applicants must complete all fields in the application portal and upload all the required support documents.

To apply, Click here

For more information, visit the official website here

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