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Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs "TechWomen" Professional Mentorship Exchange Program

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for the "TechWomen" professional mentorship exchange program. This initiative supports development in the field of technology and enables women to reach their full potential in the technology industry. Applicants should plan to recruit and select a total of approximately 20 to 40 women from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the West Bank, and Gaza to participate in a 4- to 6-week peer mentoring program in the United States. The mentoring experience will focus on bolstering the status of professional women in the field of technology, will provide networking opportunities for the participants, and will support activities in the participants' home countries that encourage the interest of girls in technology-based careers

The “TechWomen” project will link mentees who have at least two years of professional experience in the field of technology, with female peer mentors in the United States. A smaller number of select American experts will then travel to the foreign participants’ home region to offer skills development sessions and workshops for a broader range of local participants. The program is designed to reach beyond the exchange by serving as the basis for an international professional support network for women working in the field of technology both within and outside of each participant’s home country. Participants will also have access to the community of alumni from previous State Department sponsored exchange programs.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 21, 2010.  Letters of intent should be limited to a 3-page summary, including 1) project goals, 2) target audience and recruitment plan, 3) a brief description of planned activities, and 4) the evaluation plan.


Minimum award of $500,000 up to a maximum award of $1 million.

Cost Share

There is no minimum or maximum percentage required for this competition. However, the Bureau encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost sharing and funding in support of its programs.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, May 21, 2010

External Proposal Deadlines:

June 2, 2010


URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in health and life science disciplines. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

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