Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (MMEG) for Study in South Africa 2020

Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (MMEG) for Study in South Africa

Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (MMEG) for Study in South Africa 2020

Location: Universities across South Africa

Deadline: September 14, 2020

Summary: The Margaret McNamara Educational Grants offers financial assistance (up to $7,000) to women from developing and middle income countries who are currently enrolled in one of these South African universities- University of the Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town, University of Stellenbosch, University of Pretoria and University of the Free State.

Details: 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.

Education grants are awarded to women from developing and middle-income countries who, upon obtainment of their degree, intend to work in, or with, a developing country to improve the lives of women and/or children.


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


  • Qualified applicants receive up to $7,000 which only granted once.

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