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TechGirls Program

Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit or IHE to Administer
a STEM-Based Exchange Program for Young Women

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Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

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06/04/21 11:59 PM Washington, DC Time


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Cooperative agreement to USA nonprofit organization or IHE to administer a STEM-based exchange program for foreign and American young women. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete. The goal of the program is to encourage and support young women to pursue higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

The TechGirls program is an intensive, educational youth exchange program designed to empower and support young women (ages 15-17) to pursue higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields through hands-on skills development.  Echoing the goals of the Bureau’s TechWomen program, the TechGirls program supports development in the field of technology and helps young women to reach their full potential in the technology industry.  The program builds on the U.S. global commitment to advance the rights of women and girls around the world and promote STEM education.  It also fosters sustained connections/networks and mutual understanding among the youth of the United States and participating countries around the globe.

The TechGirls program will provide participants who have a demonstrated aptitude and strong interest in STEM fields the opportunity for an in-depth exploration of applied technology through one or two intensive, four-week summer exchange(s) in the United States. Following the exchange(s), the participants will implement required follow-on service projects in their home communities to further the overall impact of the program. 

Applicants may submit proposals to implement the program, which includes one (or two) four-week, U.S.-based exchange(s) focused on the in-depth exploration of applied technology and STEM topics to be conducted in summer 2022 for a total of approximately 111 foreign young women (ages 15-17) from select countries in the six world regions, and approximately 25-30 competitively selected American peers. For eligible countries, see

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195327

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

FY 2021 - base year, $1,660,000; FY 2022 – Non-Competitive Continuation year one, $1,660,000, pending successful performance and the availability of funds.

Term of Contract:

The base year award period will be approximately 15 months in duration. The base year will be followed by a 15-month Non-Competitive Continuation, the funding of which will support the same activities as the base year (pending the availability of funds and successful performance).

- Anticipated Award Date: On or about September 1, 2021.
- Anticipated Project Completion Date: March 31, 2024. This date reflects the anticipated duration of the award – one base year plus one Non-Competitive Continuation year.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit proposals.

Applicants must demonstrate their capacity for implementing programs of this nature, focusing on three areas of competency: (1) experience in providing leadership and technology-focused programming; (2) experience in providing age-appropriate programming for youth; and (3) demonstrated understanding of and/or experience working with participants from countries in the stated regions. Applicants also must demonstrate their capacity to manage a complex, multi-phase program, and their ability to remain engaged with participants post-exchange.

Organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges are ineligible to apply under this competition.

Stipends for homestays or for host families are not allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: June 4, 2021. Applicants have until 11:59 p.m., Washington, DC time of the closing date to ensure that their entire application has been uploaded to the site. It is strongly recommended that applicants not wait until the application deadline to begin the submission process through

Required Registrations:
- You are required to have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number to apply. To obtain a UEI number, access or call 1-866-705-5711.
- All federal award applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database in order to submit a proposal.
- The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Applicants may submit only one proposal under this competition.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions about this announcement, contact:
Sarah Shields, Program Officer, Youth Programs Division:
(202) 632-9261

Hans Posey, Program Analyst
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Contact Center Phone: 800 -518-4726

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