TechGirls

What is TechGirls Program?

TechGirls is an international summer exchange program designed to empower and inspire young women from around the world to pursue careers in science and technology.

In 2022, the program expanded to included Mongolia as a participating country where up to three young Mongolian female students will be selected to participate in a dynamic four-week U.S.- based experience with an eight-month mentoring program (including pre- and post-exchange).

Expenses Covered

The scholarship covers:

  •  Visa Fee
  • Roundtrip international airfare from participant home country to the United States
  • Housing during program
    • Double occupancy dormitory accommodations
  • Meals during program
    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Local transportation to group program events
  • Cultural events organized by Legacy International
  • Emergency health insurance

Program Components

The core of the program is a 27-day experience in the United States 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, and homestay and community service experiences.  The TechGirls programming yields a multiplier effect as participants return home to conduct community-based projects with five months of mentorship.

At TechGirls, we encourage youth leadership and responsibility and create an environment of trust. We clearly explain the schedule and expect TechGirls to be on time and ready for each activity.  The schedule created helps everyone get most out of the three-week intensive learning experience.

Supervision: TechGirls are supervised 24 hours a day. An environment is created to address problems and concerns swiftly. Staff assist youths with cultural adjustments, mentor and counsel as needed. Staff are First Aid and CPR certified to speedily address any health care needs.

Respect for all Religions: The TechGirls staff make sure that the students wishing to practice specific religious observances are given the space and opportunity to do so. The daily schedule is structured to allow for the five daily prayers for Muslims. On Fridays, we allow time for a longer prayer time at mid-day or for attendance at a congregational Jummah prayer. For those who attend regular Sunday services, we make arrangements for you. Regarding dietary rules, we make sure to carefully show each participant what is halal at buffets and try to arrange meals at halal restaurants when possible.

Eligibility

To qualify for TechGirls, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Mongolian citizen, currently living in Mongolia;
  • Be between the ages of 15 and 17 at the start of the exchange;
  • 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 technology;
  • Have strong English language skills;
  • Exhibit maturity, flexibility, and open-mindedness;
  • Will attend at least one additional year of secondary school upon their return to their home country; and
  • Are committed to completing a community-based project upon their return home.

Preference will be given to those who have limited or no prior experience in the United States. You are not eligible if you have travelled to the United States in the last three years as part of any other U.S. government exchange program.

How to Apply

In order to apply for TechGirls, the applicant will follow the steps below:

  1. Register on the TechGirls Portal: techgirlsglobal.org; and
  2. Complete and submit the online application (Please note that all students must be registered with the portal in order to access the online application.)

The new program announcement will be posted on Embassy’s website.

A complete online application will have following attachments:

  • A portrait photograph;
  • Academic transcript (in English; in case the transcript is issued in Mongolian upload an English translation by a certified translation service along with the original in Mongolian); and
  • Passport (if applicable);

Submit the completed application and any supplemental documents via the online portal within the deadline.

Things to remember when completing the online application:

  • Complete ALL ANSWERS in English;
  • Prior to applying, we urge all applicants to read our Eligibility and Application requirements;
  • For essay questions, we recommend you write them in a Word Document first, and then paste them into the online form. All answers must within 100 – 350 words (maximum 1000 characters);
  • Essays must be your own work reflecting your original thought. Other people’s works/ideas used anywhere in the application must be properly noted;
  • You can save your progress and return to the form by clicking the Save button located at the bottom of the Application. You can save progress as much as you wish until you are ready for final submission.
  • Once you are ready to submit the application, click Complete on the Dashboard. The program will return you back to the Application. If you select Complete at the bottom of the Application it will attempt submission. If any required fields are incomplete, you will be directed to complete them prior to submission. Once you have submitted a Complete application, you will not be able to edit it afterwards.

Selection Process

All U.S. Government scholarship programs are merit-based. Although we take in to account special circumstances of candidates such as disability, disadvantaged background, or any other notable characteristics, final decision is made based on the candidate’s overall strength as represented by the application quality and interview. We also consider one’s ability to be a cultural ambassador and his/her ability and motivation to give back to the community.

Following are the main steps for selection for TechGirls:

Technical Screening: This is the initial review to verify the completeness of the applications. During technical screening, we check to see two main things:

  • If applications and any required supplemental documents are complete
  • If applicants meet all the eligibility requirements

Application Review: After technical screening, all complete applications are then reviewed by an application review committee. During this process, each application gets to be reviewed by a minimum of three people.

Short List: Based on the recommendations of the application review committee, an interview short list is created. Candidates who are included in the short list are then invited for an in-person interview.

Interview: An interview panel will conduct short virtual interviews with all short-listed candidates and will select the finalists.

General Timeline

November – January: Program is announced and accepts online applications;
February – March: Review of Application and Interview with selected applicants;
April: All applicants will be notified of their application results via email;
June – July: Pre-departure orientation;
July: All students leave to the U.S.