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Eligibility and Application

The application for 2021 opened on November 15, 2020 and closed January 15, 2021.

COVID-19 Contingencies

Legacy International is working closely with the U.S. Department of State, local and global health professionals to plan a program that adheres to the best public health practices.  If the global health situation stabilizes and travel restrictions ease, we hope to conduct the program in person in summer 2021.  We remain open to providing a high quality virtual exchange if necessary.  

Selection Process

TechGirls participants are selected based on the eligibility requirements below. Independent selection committees composed of industry leaders and regional experts review applications. United States Embassy personnel in your country of permanent residence interview semifinalists.

If you are a U.S. applicant please see the U.S. Youth Ambassadors program page.

2021 Eligibility Requirements

Students eligible to apply are those who:

  • Are from one of the following eligible countries:
    • United States
    • Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia;
    •  Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan
  • Are between the ages of 15 and 17 at the start of the exchange in July 2021;
  • Have demonstrated advanced skills and a serious interest in 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 semester 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 ECA exchange program.

Please note that family members of U.S. Embassy or Consulate staff or U.S. Department of State employees are not eligible to apply.

TechGirls encourages people with diverse backgrounds and skills to apply, including individuals with disabilities.

Selection Timeline

The 2021 TechGirls application opened on November 15, 2020 and closed at 12:00PM EST on January 15, 2021. Semifinalists will be contacted via email on/around March 1 for the next stage of interviews. Final decisions will be made in early April.  All applicants will be notified of the results of their application.

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