TechGirls is an international summer exchange program designed to empower and inspire young girls from Central Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa to pursue careers in science and technology.
The core of the program is a four-week experience in the United States. TechGirls participate in an interactive technology and computer camp that provides participants with an in-depth examination of technology-related topics, such as coding and cyber security, and engages them in 45+ hours of hands-on instruction.
The camp is complemented by additional activities such as site visits to technology companies, leadership clinics, community service opportunities, job shadowing, and cultural events. As part of program follow-on, the TechGirls implement at least one peer training program or service project within their schools and/or communities upon their return to their home country.
TechGirls is packed with skills-development workshops and interactions with America’s most innovative tech professionals as well as study at a Tech Camp with the Center for Enhancement in Engineering Diversity at Virginia Tech.
The TechGirls program offers a rich cultural immersion experience, improves the participants’ ability to enter tech fields and encourages them to pursue higher education in fields where women are under-represented.
Since 2012, TechGirls has trained and mentored 181 girls, ages 15 to 17, from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen. In 2019, the program expands to include 25 young women from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
TechGirls is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
TechGirls participants are selected based on the eligibility requirements below. Independent selection committees composed of industry leaders and regional experts review applications. Semifinalists will be interviewed by the United States Embassy/Tashkent personnel.
December 1, 2018: 2019 TechGirls application opens
February 1, 2019: 2019 TechGirls application closes
March 2019: Semifinalists will be contacted via email
April 2019: Final decisions will be made
June – July 2019: TechGirls program in the United States
2019 TechGirls Eligibility Requirements
Students eligible to apply are those who:
- Are females resident in Uzbekistan;
- Are between the ages of 15 and 17 at the start of the exchange;
- Have demonstrated advanced skills and a serious interest in technology, engineering, and/or math in their academic studies;
- Intend to pursue higher education and/or careers in science or technology;
- Have strong English language skills;
- Exhibit maturity, flexibility, and open-mindedness;
- Will attend at least one additional semester of secondary school upon their return to their home country; and
- Are committed to completing a community-based project upon their return home.
Note: 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 U.S. Department of State/ECA exchange program.
TechGirls encourages people with diverse backgrounds and skills to apply, including individuals with disabilities.
Applications must be in English and must be submitted online by 9:00 PM EST on February 1, 2019. To submit your application please follow this link http://legacyintl.org/techgirls/participants/eligibility-and-application/