TechWomen is a five-week, all-expenses-paid mentorship program for female professionals in the STEM fields.

TechWomen is a professional exchange that directly supports the advancement of the status of women and girls around the world and promotes development in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to enable women to reach their full potential. 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 February 2022 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.

The program will begin in California in Silicon Valley with a series of workshops focused on leadership skills, innovation, and design thinking, followed by individual 15-day fellowships at leading innovation companies and organizations in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. 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 specific challenge. Participants will also engage in community service projects in California and participate in cultural and recreational activities. TechWomen 2022 will conclude with a three-day program in Washington, D.C., including a visit to the State Department to allow participants to debrief State representatives on their exchange experiences.

The TechWomen program takes the health and safety of our 2022 Emerging Leaders, mentors and host company partners seriously, and are taking all necessary steps to ensure we can deliver both a safe and successful program. While we are planning for an in-person program for TechWomen 2022, program details are subject to change based off of the latest health regulations, guidelines and best practices.

For the latest information on TechWomen-related COVID-19 updates, please visit our website: If circumstances do not allow for an in-person program, the program will be adapted to a virtual setting. Please read more about the 2020-2021 virtual program here:

All program-related expenses, such as visa fees, flights, medical insurance for the duration of the program, as well as other program-related expenses, will be covered by the program.

Candidate selection criteria:

Applicants must:

  • be women with, at minimum, two years full-time professional experience in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). Please note – internships and other unpaid work will not be counted towards this minimum;
  • have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree/four year university degree or equivalent, and
  • be proficient in written and spoken English.

For more information about the program, and to submit an application, please go to:

The application deadline is May 5, 2021.

For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan at