2016 TechWomen Program

The U.S. Embassy in Amman is pleased to announce the 2016 TechWomen program, an initiative of the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to encourage and support women engaged in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields from the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The program will take place over the course of five weeks beginning in September 2016. TechWomen mentees will work on specific projects with their American mentors at technology and innovation companies in the San Francisco Bay area and Silicon Valley. The program includes several workshops designed to build understanding of technology’s integral role in the professional world. The program will also increase understanding of how Americans encourage development, and provide the participants with networking opportunities. The program will conclude with a two-day program in Washington, DC that includes workshops, networking events and meetings.

2016 TechWomen Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be women with, at minimum, two years full-time professional experience in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math)
  • Have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree/four year university degree or equivalent
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Be citizens and permanent residents of Jordan at the time of application, and while participating in the program
  • Be eligible to obtain a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa
  • Not have applied for an immigrant visa to the United States, or participated in a visa lottery in the past five years
  • Not hold U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. legal permanent resident

Preference will be given to applicants who

  • Are committed to return to their home countries to share what they have learned and mentor women and girls
  • Demonstrate themselves as emerging leaders in their chosen professional track through their work experience, volunteer experience, community activities, and education
  • Have a demonstrated track record of entrepreneurialism and commitment to innovation
  • Have limited or no prior experience in the United States
  • Have a proven record of voluntary or public service in their communities
  • Demonstrate a willingness to participate in exchange programs, welcome opportunities for mentoring and new partnership development, and exhibit confidence and maturity

For more information about the 2016 TechWomen program and to apply, interested candidates can visit the TechWomen website. Applications should be completed and submitted online no later than February 1, 2016.

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 Jordanians from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. If you have any questions about them program, please send an email to:ammanexchanges@gmail.com.