TechWomen Mentorship Program

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TechWomen Mentorship Program: TechWomen brings emerging women leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) from the Middle East and Africa together with their counterparts in the United States for a professional mentorship and exchange program.

Prior to arrival in the San Francisco Bay Area, each TechWomen Emerging Leader is paired with a Professional and a Cultural Mentor.

Each mentor has a unique role in supporting the Emerging Leader throughout her time in the United States.

TechWomen is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

TechWomen is managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

IIE arranges all Emerging Leader travel, housing and other logistics.

These costs are covered by the program. Emerging Leaders also receive a weekly stipend for other essential costs such as food and transportation.

TechWomen Mentorship Program - Professional Enrichment

Each Emerging Leader is paired with a Professional Mentor who works closely with the participant to design and implement a mutually beneficial project at the host company.

The Professional Mentor offers guidance and support throughout the mentorship. Emerging Leaders also participate in professional enrichment activities that include leadership and entrepreneurship workshops, technology seminars and networking events.

TechWomen Mentorship Program - Cultural Enrichment

Each TechWomen Emerging Leader is paired with a Cultural Mentor who facilitates activities to deepen mutual understanding and help the participant acclimate to the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley culture.

Past activities have included sightseeing, art exhibits, sporting events, and visits to local universities.
Participants will also have the opportunity to tour national landmarks while in Washington, D.C.

TechWomen Mentorship Program - An applicant must

  • Be a woman with a minimum of two years of full-time professional experience in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and/or a career requiring significant expertise/knowledge/application of technology;
  • Have a university degree;
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English;
  • Demonstrate a willingness to participate in exchange programs, welcome opportunities for mentoring and new partnership development, and exhibit confidence and maturity;
  • Be citizens or permanent residents of Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tunisia, Yemen or Zimbabwe at the time of application, and while participating in the program;
  • Not have applied for an immigrant visa to the United States, or participated in a visa lottery in the past five years;
  • Be able to obtain a U.S. visa;
  • Not hold U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. legal permanent resident.

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Have demonstrated themselves as emerging leaders in STEM fields;
  • Have limited or no prior experience in the United States;
  • Have a record of voluntary or public service in their communities;
  • Have demonstrated entrepreneurialism and commitment to innovation.
Application deadline: February 22nd.

For more information and application materials, see: TechWomen Mentorship Program

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