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Announcing the 2023 TechGirls Program
November 16, 2022

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Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 202– The U.S. Mission to Vietnam seeks candidates for the 2023 TechGirls Program.  All female Vietnamese students, proficient in English, in grades 10 or 11 studying at Vietnamese high schools who demonstrate an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and intend to pursue higher education or a career in technology are welcome to apply. Successful candidates will demonstrate their leadership capability through academic work, community involvement and extracurricular activities.  Up to three scholarships are available for Vietnamese students.  The application deadline is 11:00p.m., Friday, December 16, 2022.

Sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, TechGirls is an exchange program designed to connect and support 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 invite 111 young women from 35 participating countries along with 25 U.S. peers in a dynamic four-week U.S.-based experience with a 7-month mentoring program (including pre- and post-exchange).  The exchange will take place in July-August 2023 in partnership with Virginia Tech University.  TechGirls participate in an interactive technology and computer camp, then travel to one of the following cities: Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Portland or Seattle for job shadowing at a tech company. Participants will also have homestay and community service experiences and are required to implement follow-on projects that serve the needs of their communities in the months that follow their return home.

Participant costs for program administration, international and domestic travel, housing, and food are covered by the U.S. Department of State.

The program components in the United States will be organized taking into consideration all necessary safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, local, and campus authorities.

More information about the program, including details on how to apply.