TechWomen is a professional mentorship and exchange program developed in response to President Obama’s efforts to strengthen relations between the United States and the Middle East and North Africa. In 2012, the program expanded to include women from Tunisia and Yemen. In 2013, the cohort doubled in size with the addition of women from Cameroon, Kenya, Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
(a) Be women with, at minimum, two years full-time professional experience in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math).
(b) Have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree/four year university degree or equivalent.
(c) Be proficient in written and spoken English.
(d) Be citizens and permanent residents of Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Yemen, or Zimbabwe at the time of application, and while participating in the program.
(e) Be eligible to obtain a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa.
(f) Not have applied for an immigrant visa to the United States, or participated in a visa lottery in the past five years
(g) Not hold U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. legal permanent resident.
(h) 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.
(i) Are committed to return to their home countries to share what they have learned and mentor women and girls.
(j) Have limited or no prior experience in the United States.
(k) Have a proven record of voluntary or public service in their communities.
(l) Have a demonstrated track record of entrepreneurialism and commitment to innovation.
(m) Demonstrate a willingness to participate in exchange programs, welcome opportunities for mentoring and new partnership development, and exhibit confidence and maturity.