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Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (MMEG) 2021 for African Women to Study in South Africa

Margaret McNamara Education grants are awarded to women from developing and middle-income countries who, upon obtainment of their degree, intend to return to or remain in their countries, or other developing countries, and work to improve the lives of women and/or children.

The MMEG mission is to assist women from developing countries who are pursuing their education with the aim of improving the lives of women and children in their countries. We are one of the few organizations who provide financial assistance to such women. In past years, grants of up to US$15,000 have been awarded in the US/Canada program, and US$7,000 in the Africa, Latin America and Trinity programs.

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About Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (MMEG)

Our organization draws inspiration from Margaret McNamara, and her vision of education and gender equality. Margaret used her influence as wife of Robert McNamara, the World Bank's fifth President, to advocate for the recognition and inclusion of these critical elements of development programs. Before her death, she was awarded the highest civilian distinction in the United States, the Medal of Honor, in recognition of her important contributions. The Margaret McNamara Education Grants (formerly known as MMMF) is a nonprofit, public charity founded in 1981, which awards education grants to ... read more


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Aim and Benefits of Margaret McNamara Educational Grants

 Approx. US$7,000


Requirements for Margaret McNamara Educational Grants Qualification

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be at least 25 years old at time of application deadline (see specific regional program application below);

  • Be a national of a country listed on the MMEG Country Eligibility List (except for the Trinity Washington University program);

  • Be enrolled (not just accepted) at an accredited academic institution when submitting application; and plan to be enrolled for a full academic term after award of the grant by the Board;

  • Not be related to a World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund or Inter-American Development Bank staff member or spouse;

In addition to the above criteria, an applicant must: 

  • already be enrolled part time (minimum of 2 courses per semester or term) or full time at one of the universities listed below:

    • University of the Witwatersrand

    • University of Cape Town

    • University of Stellenbosch

    • University of Pretoria

    • University of the Free State

  • be enrolled for at least one more academic term (the term between January to July 2020)

  • Applicants applying from eligible countries other than South Africa must hold a study permit for South Africa.

Estimated expenses should be calculated and expressed in Rand


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Interview date, Process and Venue for Margaret McNamara Educational Grants

Decisions will be announced in December.


Application Deadline

September 14, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (MMEG) on www.mmeg.org to apply

Remember to read the Application Checklist & FAQs before applying and select the   "South Africa" in the first question of the application. If the program name  does not appear, the program may be closed to new applications.



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