U.S. Department of State TechGirls Summer Exchange Program for Next Generation of Young Women in STEM

U.S. Department of State TechGirls Summer Exchange Program for Next Generation of Young Women in STEM

TechGirls is a U.S.-based summer exchange program designed to empower and support young women (ages 15-17) from the United States and select countries around the world to pursue higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields through hands-on skills development training.

In 2024, the program will support 111 young women from 37 participating countries/territories and 13+ U.S. peers in a dynamic four-week U.S.-based experience with a seven-month mentoring program (including pre-and post-exchange).

Since 2012, TechGirls has trained and mentored 653 teenage girls. Initially, the TechGirls program focused on countries in the Middle East and North Africa. In the summer of 2022, the TechGirls program expanded globally, engaging a talented cadre of STEM-minded young women from the United States and select countries in all six regions of the world (Western Hemisphere, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Eurasia, East Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, and South and Central Asia).

The core of the TechGirls program is a 24-day experience in the United States. In partnership with Virginia Tech, participants engage in an interactive tech camp that provides an in-depth examination of cutting-edge technologies and various educational and professional paths in STEM fields.

Then, TechGirls travel to a city around the USA (Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, or Seattle) for community immersion and STEM career exploration. The TechGirls programming yields a multiplier effect as participants return home to conduct community-based projects with seven months of mentorship.

2024 Eligibility Requirements

Students eligible to apply are those who:

Are citizens of one of the eligible countries/territories and living in that country/territory at time of exchange:

  • Sub-Saharan Africa (AF) – Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Zambia
    East Asia and Pacific (EAP) – Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Mongolia, Taiwan, and Vietnam
    Europe and Eurasia (EUR) – Albania, Cyprus, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Türkiye
    Middle East and North Africa (NEA) – Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia

  • South and Central Asia (SCA) – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan

  • Western Hemisphere (WHA) – Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Suriname

  • United States of America

  • Are between the ages of 15 and 17 at the start of the exchange
    on July 13, 2024

  • Born on or between July 13, 2006 and July 13, 2009;

  • Have demonstrated advanced skills and a serious interest in science, technology, engineering, and/or math in their academic studies;

  • Intend to pursue higher education and/or careers in STEM, especially technology;

  • Have strong English language skills (advanced intermediate English skills);

  • Exhibit maturity, flexibility, and open-mindedness;

  • Will attend at least one additional semester of secondary school upon their return to their home country;

  • Are committed to completing a community-based project upon their return home; and

  • Meet U.S. J-1 visa eligibility requirements (for instance, U.S. citizens are not eligible for a J-1 visa).

  • Eligible candidates must be citizens and current residents of participating countries. Third-country nationals permanently living in an eligible country should contact us to determine eligibility prior to applying.

  • Preference will be given to those who have limited or no prior experience in the United States. You are not eligible if you have travelled to the United States in the last three years as part of any other ECA exchange program.

  • Please note that family members of U.S. Embassy or Consulate staff. U.S. Department of State employees, family members of the administering organization or partner organizations are not eligible to apply.


    Covered Costs

    The TechGirls program covers the following costs:

  • Visa fee for international participants

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

  • Roundtrip domestic airfare from participant home city (as applicable)

  • Housing during program

  • Double occupancy dormitory accommodations at Virginia Tech

  • Double occupancy accommodations at hotel in Washington, D.C.

  • Meals during program

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • Local transportation to group program events

  • Cultural events organized by Legacy International

  • Emergency health insurance

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; U.S. Department of State TechGirls Summer Exchange Program for Next Generation of Young Women in STEM

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