TechGirls Program

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to announce the 2023 TechGirls program for high school-aged girls from 35 countries who have a demonstrated interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. 

What is TechGirls 

TechGirls is an initiative of the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by Legacy International in partnership with Virginia Tech. 

The program connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing them access and opportunities to advance their skills and pursue their dreams. 

In 2023, the program will support 111 young women from 35 participating countries/territories and 15 U.S. peers in a dynamic four-week U.S.- based experience with a 7-month mentoring program (including pre- and post-exchange). 

Since 2012, TechGirls has trained and mentored 528 teenage girls (ages 15-17). The program began supporting girls from the Middle East and North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen). In 2019, the program expanded to include young women from Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan). In 2022, the program underwent a global expansion to begin serving girls in six world regions (Western Hemisphere, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Eurasia, East Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, and South and Central Asia). 

The core of theTechGirls program is a 25-day experience in the United States in partnership with Virginia Tech University. Participants will engage in an interactive technology and computer camp, then travel to one of the following cities (Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, or Seattle) for community and career exploration. The TechGirls programming yields a multiplier effect as participants return home to conduct community-based projects with seven months of mentorship. 

Students eligible to apply are those who: 

  • Are from Kazakhstan; 
  • Are between the ages of 15 and 17 at the start of the exchange July 8th, 2023 (i.e. were born on or between July 9, 2005 and July 8, 2008); 
  • Have demonstrated advanced skills and a serious interest in science, technology, engineering, and/or math in their academic studies; 
  • Intend to pursue higher education and/or careers in STEM, especially technology; 
  • Have strong English language skills (advanced intermediate); 
  • Exhibit maturity, flexibility, and open-mindedness; 
  • Will attend at least one additional semester of secondary school upon their return to Kazakhstan; 
  • Are committed to completing a community-based project upon their return;  
  • Preference will be given to those who have limited or no prior experience in the United States 
  • TechGirls encourages people with diverse backgrounds and skills to apply, including individuals with disabilities. 

Please note candidates who have traveled to the United States in the last three years as part of any other ECA exchange program are not eligible. 

Participant Numbers:  three-four principal candidates from Kazakhstan 

Selection Timeline 

Applications open: October 17 – December 16, 2022 

Application review: December 2022 – February 2023  

Semi-finalist interviews: February – March 2023  

Finalist Notifications: Applicants will be notified of their status in March 2023 

Apply to the TechGirls 2023 Program: techgirlsglobal.org  

Application Deadline: December 16, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST / 22:00 Astana time