2024-2025 Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (MMEG) For African Women

MMEG Scholarship Opportunity for Women from Developing Countries

The Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (MMEG) is committed to empowering women from developing nations who are pursuing higher education with the goal of improving the lives of women and children in their communities. As one of the few organizations offering financial aid to these deserving women, MMEG has awarded grants up to US$15,000 in the US/Canada program and US$7,000 in Africa, Latin America, and Trinity programs in recent years.


MMEG Grant Opportunity

  • Application Deadline: September 14, 2024
  • Grant Value: Up to USD 15,000
  • Country to Study: South Africa
  • Study Level: Postgraduate
  • Sponsor: Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (MMEG)
  • Eligibility: Women

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for the MMEG grant, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Identify as a woman and be at least 25 years old by the application deadline.
  2. Be a citizen of a country listed on the MMEG Country Eligibility List (with the exception of the Trinity Washington University Program).
  3. Be enrolled (not just accepted) at an accredited in-person academic institution and program at the time of application.
  4. Plan to be enrolled for at least one full academic semester after receiving the grant.
  5. Plan to graduate no later than three years after the grant is awarded.
  6. Have no direct relations to a World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, or Inter-American Development Bank staff member, spouse, retiree, or MMEG Board member.
  7. Hold a study permit for South Africa if applying from an eligible country other than South Africa.

Application Documents

Before beginning the application process, candidates need to prepare and scan the following documents in digital form (PDF preferred, JPEG or PNG):

  1. Identification card with photo (national passport page with photo and date of birth if studying abroad, or government/university-issued ID).
  2. Most recent proof of official registration from the university (not an acceptance letter).
  3. Most recent official university transcripts and/or reports.
  4. Visa page or study permit page within the current passport (if studying outside the home country).
  5. A second passport page with a clear photo (in case of dual citizenship).

Additionally, applicants must provide:

  • Brief paragraphs describing their personal story and how their studies, experiences, and future plans are connected to their commitment to improving the lives of women and children in developing countries.
  • An estimate of their financial situation, including living expenses for the upcoming academic year, and planned strategies to meet funding needs.
  • A summary of their thesis (if applicable), including its objective, methodology, findings, and its relevance to their career goals.

Two reference letters are required: one from a faculty member at the current university and another from a non-family member who can vouch for the applicant’s character and work. One of the referees must have known the applicant for at least one year.

How to Apply

Interested and eligible candidates can apply online at the MMEG application portal: MMEG Embark. Applications are accepted from May 15 to September 14, 2024 (11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time). Successful candidates will be notified in December. For queries, contact [email protected]. The application results will be announced on the MMEG web page in December.

Please ensure all required documents listed on the Application Checklist are submitted. Incomplete applications will be automatically excluded from consideration.

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