2019 TechWomen Program


U.S. Embassy Beirut is pleased to announce the 2019 TechWomen program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau (ECA).  The program encourages and supports women engaged in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields from the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Central Asia.

Approximately 108 professional women working in STEM fields from 21 countries in North Africa and the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Central Asia will travel to the United States in September 2019 for an intensive exchange focused on promoting collaboration in science and technology.  Women will select one of six tracks: information technology, green technology, science, internet, biotechnology, or telecommunications when applying.  Applicants must have strong English skills as the program is conducted entirely in English.

The program will begin in California in Silicon Valley with a Tech Bootcamp Week, followed by individual 15-day fellowships at leading innovation companies and organizations in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay area. TechWomen 2019 will conclude with a three-day program in Washington, D.C.  Each participant will complete a mentorship and each participating country will work as a team with impact coaches to formulate an action plan to address a socioeconomic challenge in their home communities.  The teams will pitch their projects in a competition, with the winners receiving seed funding.  Participants will also engage in community service projects in California and participate in cultural and recreational activities.  The program will conclude with a visit to the U.S. Department of State to allow participants to debrief State representatives on their exchange experiences and team projects.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be a woman with a minimum two years full-time, professional experience in STEM-related fields. Internships and other unpaid work do not/not count toward.
  • Have at a minimum a bachelor’s degree in any field;
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English;
  • Demonstrate a willingness to participate in an exchange program and interest in mentoring and developing a new partnership;
  • Be a Lebanese citizen or long-term Palestinian resident in Lebanon
  • 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.

For more information on the 2019 TechWomen program, interested candidates can visit http://www.techwomen.org/.  Applications should be completed and submitted online no later than January 16, 2019.

As with all U.S. Embassy-sponsored programs, the U.S. government pays for all major expenses, including roundtrip airfare, shared accommodation during the program, meals and health insurance.  Competition is merit-based and Lebanese and long-term Palestinian residents in Lebanon from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, sex, age, and/or physical impairment.