Application for the 2017 Tech Women Program is still open! An initiative first announced during President Obama’s Entrepreneurship Summit on April 28, 2010 – The vision is a reality in which educational, cultural, and professional opportunities transcend borders to foster a peaceful and interconnected world where all people achieve their full potential, think and act as global citizens, and build inclusive, thriving communities.
The Tech Women Program is an exchange and professional mentor-ship program developed to strengthen the relation between the United States, the Middle East and Africa.
So far the program has women from Cameroon, Kenya, Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe and in 2015, expanded to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The 2017 program is expected to have women from Pakistan.
With the primary objective of building/connecting networks of global citizens, leveraging innovative partnerships to address global needs, investing in emerging and established leaders and expanding access to education and professional training.
Last year, 2,319 applications were received for 90 spots while this year it is anticipated that 100 women from 20 countries will participate at the tech women program from September to October 2017. All participants will be women engaged or rising in professional careers.
Below are the criteria for the 2017 Tech Women Program:
- Be women with, at minimum, two years full-time professional experience in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math)
- 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, 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, or participated in a visa lottery in the past five years
- Not hold U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. legal permanent resident
The deadline is January 17, 2016.
For women who feel passionate about social impact and believe they can take your learnings from the program to lead the change in their community and shape the future for other women and girls. Visit the official participants page for more and remember to use the social media buttons below to share this opportunity with others.