TechWomen Emerging Leaders in STEM 2019



TechWomen empowers, connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls in their communities.

Through mentorship and exchange, TechWomen strengthens participants’ professional capacity, increases mutual understanding between key networks of professionals, and expands girls’ interest in STEM careers by exposing them to female role models.

TechWomen brings women leaders in STEM from Africa, Asia and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the US for a mentorship and exchange program. The program provides participants access to networks, resources, and knowledge to empower them to reach their full potential.

During the 5-week program, participants engage in project-based mentorship at leading companies in the San Francisco Nay Area and Silicon Valley, participate in professional development workshops and networking events, and travel to Washington DC for targeted meetings and special events to conclude the program.


    • Be a women with, at minimum, two years full-time professional experience in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Please note that internships and other unpaid work experience does not count toward the two-year professional experience requirement.
    • Have, at minimum, a bachelor’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, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, 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 “visa lottery”) in the past five years.
  • Not hold U.S. citizenship or be a U.S. legal permanent resident.

Preferences will be given to those who can:

    • 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.


16th January 2019

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