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The 2020 TechWomen application is now open! (Fully-funded to United States)

The application will close on 09:00 AM PST (GMT-08:00), Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

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.

Selection Process

TechWomen participants are selected based on the eligibility requirements below. Applications are reviewed by independent selection committees composed of industry leaders and regional experts. Semifinalists may be interviewed by United States Embassy personnel in their country of permanent residence.

2020 TechWomen Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be 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.

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • 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.

  • TechWomen encourages people with diverse backgrounds and skills to apply, including individuals with disabilities.

Selection Timeline

The 2020 TechWomen application will close on 09:00 AM PST (GMT-08:00), Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Semifinalists will be contacted via email in/around April 2020. Final decisions will be made no later than May 31, 2020. All applicants will be notified of the results of their application.


From the moment the Emerging Leaders arrive, they are immersed in the innovative, constantly evolving culture of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. Emerging Leaders work closely with their Professional Mentors to design meaningful projects while exploring the San Francisco Bay Area with their Cultural Mentor and fellow program participants.

TechWomen Emerging Leaders will:

  • Challenge themselves with new questions and concepts

  • Collaborate with like-minded women in their fields on an innovative project

  • Network with influential industry leaders

  • Discover their own innovative leadership style

  • Create meaningful friendships with women from all over the world

  • Explore the diverse communities of the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, D.C.

  • Inspire the next generation of women and girls in their home countries

Professional Development

Each Emerging Leader is paired with a Professional Mentor who works closely with her to carry out a project at the host company. Before the participant arrives in California, she is in close contact with her Professional Mentor. Together, they work to design an exciting project of mutual interest.

The Emerging Leader is hosted at the Mentor’s company four days per week for four weeks. The Professional Mentor offers guidance and support throughout the mentorship. The Emerging Leader also participates in professional enrichment activities that include seminars, workshops, tech talks, and networking events.

Cultural Enrichment

Each Emerging Leader also has the opportunity to explore the Bay Area with Cultural Mentors who facilitate activities to deepen mutual understanding. Cultural Mentors take participants to local attractions, art exhibits, sporting events and local universities, among other local activities. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore San Francisco and tour national landmarks while in Washington, DC.

In 2015, TechWomen introduced a new component to turn into action our participants’ passion to effect change in their home countries and foster continuity in TechWomen’s programming. Integrating knowledge and skills developed in TechWomen’s workshop series and leveraging collective experiences and ingenuity, Emerging Leaders form teams to design action plans to make an impact in their respective communities. Impact Coaches will strategically advise groups for success in terms of content and design, and they will help connect the dots for groups to meet criteria and understand what makes a successful plan for potential seed grant funding.


Covered Costs

The following costs are covered by the TechWomen program:

  • Roundtrip international airfare from participant home country to the United States

  • Domestic airfare from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.

  • Housing in San Francisco or Sunnyvale, California during the mentorship period

  • Meals and incidentals

  • Hotel stay in Washington, D.C.

  • Public transportation to the participant’s host company

  • Local transportation to group program events in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, D.C.

  • Participants are responsible for the cost of any non-program activities such as independent sightseeing and cultural events, as well as any non-program-related domestic or international travel.


TechWomen participants will be housed in San Francisco or Sunnyvale, California, depending on the location of the participant’s host company. Participants will share an apartment with a fellow Emerging Leader. Each participant will have her own private bedroom, while the living room and kitchen will be shared.

The TechWomen program is unable to accommodate participants’ spouses, children, or other dependents.

Please note that details are subject to change. Due to the fast-paced nature of the program, arrival and departure dates for selected participants are not flexible.




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