2024 Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (MMEG) For African Women

The 2024 Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (MMEG) for African Women present a great opportunity for women from developing countries to pursue their educational aspirations.

MMEG stands out as one of the few organizations providing essential financial support to women in need thanks to its dedication to improving women’s and children’s lives. With grants of up to US$7,000 available through the Africa program, MMEG empowers women to transform their communities and drive positive change.

Margaret McNamara Educational Grants Details

Application DeadlineSeptember 14, 2024
Grant ValueUSD 7,000
Country to studySouth Africa
SponsorMargaret McNamara Educational Grants (MMEG)

Eligibility Criteria for Margaret McNamara Educational Grants

To be eligible for the MMEG Grant, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

  • Self-Identifying Woman and Age: You must identify as a woman and be at least 25 years old by the application deadline.
  • Nationality: You should be a national of one of the countries listed on the MMEG Country Eligibility List (note that this does not apply to the Trinity Washington University Program).
  • Academic Registration: You need to be actively registered (not just accepted) at an accredited in-person academic institution and program at the time of your application.
  • Enrollment Plans: You must plan to be enrolled for at least one full academic semester (half-year term) after you receive the MMEG grant.
  • Graduation Timeline: You should aim to graduate no later than three years after the grant is awarded.
  • No Relations to Certain Staff: You shouldn’t be related to any World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, or Inter-American Development Bank staff member, spouse, retiree, or MMEG Board member.

Additionally, you must:

  • Enrollment Status: Be already enrolled full-time or part-time (taking at least 2 courses per semester or term) at one of the universities on the MMEG-approved list.
  • Continued Enrollment: Plan to stay enrolled for at least one academic semester (half year) after the grant is awarded in December, specifically for the term between January and July 2025.
  • Graduation Plans: Plan to graduate within three years of receiving the grant.
  • Study Permit for South Africa: If you’re applying from an eligible country other than South Africa, you’ll need to hold a study permit for South Africa.
  • Expense Estimation: Ensure your estimated expenses are calculated and expressed in Rand.

Application Documents

Before starting the MMEG application process, please scan the following documents in digital form (PDF preferred, JPEG, or PNG):

  • Identification (ID) Card with Photo:
  1. If you’re studying outside your home country, scan the national passport page with your photo and date of birth.
  2. If you’re studying within your home country, scan your government/university-issued identity card with your photo and birth date.
  • Proof of Registration: Get the most recent official proof of registration from your university (not an acceptance letter).
  • University Transcripts: Scan your most recent official university transcripts and/or reports.
  • Visa or Study Permit Page: If you’re studying outside your home country, scan the visa or study permit pages within your current passport.
  • Second Passport Page: If you have dual citizenship, scan the second passport page with a clear photo.

You will also be asked to upload these documents in the online application form at specific points:

  • Personal Story: Write brief paragraphs describing your personal story and how your studies, experiences, and future plans are linked to your commitment to women and children in developing countries.
  • Financial Estimate: Provide an estimate of your financial situation, including living expenses, for the coming academic year, and planned strategies to cover funding needs.
  • Thesis Summary: If applicable, include a summary of your thesis, outlining its objective, methodology, findings, and its relationship to your career goals.

Reference Letters

In addition to the above documents, you will also need to submit two reference letters are required:

  • First Referee: Must be a faculty member from your current university.
  • Second Referee: Can be any person (non-family member) who can vouch for your character and work. At least one of the referees must have known you for at least one year.

NOTE: You have to contact the two people from whom you would like to request a reference letter. Once they agree, provide their email addresses in the application form. They will each receive an email link from the Embark online platform to write their recommendation. Embark will notify you once their recommendations are submitted.

How to Apply

If you’re interested and meet the qualifications, just go to Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (MMEG) to apply. You can submit your application between May 15 and September 14 (until 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time). Successful candidates will be notified personally in December.

If you have any questions, feel free to email The results will be announced on the MMEG website in December.

Ensure you have all the documents on the Application Checklist ready to complete your application. And remember, if you don’t submit a complete application with all the required documents by the deadline, your application will be automatically excluded. Incomplete applications won’t be considered.

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