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Offer: TechWomen ‘The 2014 Emerging Leader’ Program - Deadline: 10 February 2014

TechWomen is an Initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

TechWomen is now accepting applications for ‘The 2014 Emerging Leader’ to participate in the program being conducted from early October to early November 2014.

Major purpose of TechWoman program is to empower, connect, and support the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by providing them with the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and become role models for women and girls in their communities.

Emerging women leaders in all fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa and the Middle East are identified by TechWomen. Women who are rising in their professional careers in STEM fields and who already are – or show promise of being – role models for others in their countries, particularly for women and girls are encouraged to apply for participation in ‘emerging woman leader’ program.

Selection Process
TechWomen participants are selected based on the eligibility requirements below.
Applications are reviewed by independent selection committees comprising industry leaders and country experts. Finalists will be contacted via email for in-country interviews in April and May 2014 and will be interviewed by United States Embassy personnel in their country of permanent residence.
Final decisions will be made in May 2014.
All applicants will be notified of the results of their application.

Eligibility Criteria:
Applicant must be women with a minimum of two years full-time professional experience in the STEM and/or a career requiring significant expertise/knowledge/application of technology.
Applicant must have a bachelor’s degree/four year university degree or equivalent and must be proficient in written and spoken English.
Applicant must demonstrate a willingness to participate in exchange programs, welcome opportunities for mentoring and new partnership development, and exhibit confidence and maturity.
Applicant must be citizens or permanent residents of Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tunisia, Yemen, or Zimbabwe at the time of application, and while participating in the program.
Applicant must not have applied for an immigrant visa to the United States, or participated in a visa lottery in the past five years; must be able to obtain a U.S. visa; and must not hold U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. legal permanent resident.

Preference will be given to applicants who
Have demonstrated themselves as emerging leaders in their chosen professional track
Have limited or no prior experience in the United States
Have a record of voluntary or public service in their communities
Have demonstrated entrepreneurialism and commitment to innovation

Each emerging leader along with professional mentor from United States will devote four weeks time, four days a week to design a collaborative project based on the Emerging Leader’s learning goals and the expertise of the mentor at mentor’s company prior to US visit for the program. This is named as mentorship project.

The deadline to apply is 23:59 Cairo time, Monday, February 10, 2014.

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