Magraret McNamara Education Grants Criteria

 Magraret McNamara Education Grants Criteria


Before starting the MMEG application process, please scan the following documents in digital form (pdf preferred, jpeg or png):

Identification (ID) card with photo:
(a) national passport page with photo and date of birth, if studying outside your home country, or


(b) government/university-issued identity card with photo and birth date;

Most recent proof of official registration from university (not their acceptance letter);
Most recent official university transcripts and/or reports
Visa page or study permit page within current passport (if studying outside home country);
Second passport page with clear photo (in case of dual citizenship).
You will be asked to upload these documents at specific areas of the on-line application form. You will also provide:

Brief paragraphs of your personal story, and a description of how your studies, experiences and future plans are linked to your commitment to women and children in developing countries;
An estimate of your financial situation for the coming academic year, and planned strategies to cover funding needs;
A summary of your thesis (if applicable), including its objective, methodology and findings, and relationship to career goals.
Two reference letters are required. Please contact two people from whom you would like to request a reference letter. Referee 1 must be a professor from your current university. Referee 2 may be from a person (non-family member) who can vouch for your character. At least one of the individuals must have known you for the equivalent of at least two semesters. After receiving their confirmation, you will be asked to provide in the application form:

Email addresses and phone numbers of the two people providing references. They will each receive an email link from Embark Online to write their recommendation. When their recommendations are submitted, you will also be notified by Embark.

Magraret McNamara Education Grants Criteria


Why is MMEG for women from developing countries? Our 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.

Can I apply if I am a part-time student? Part-time students in the South African and Latin American programs may apply. Applicants must be full-time students to be considered eligible in the US/Canada program.

Can men apply? Self identifying women are welcome to apply.

Is there a fee to apply for a grant? MMEG does not charge any application or processing fee.

What is a “full academic term”? This is understood as one academic grading period at your university, whether a semester, quarter or known by another name, depending on the countries where MMEG has programs.
How much money is provided in a grant from MMEG? 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. Grant amounts may vary, based on exchange rates and availability of funds.

Can I apply more than once? If unsuccessful in obtaining a grant, applicants may re-apply in the future.

Can I receive the grant more than once? Recipients of the MMEG grant are eligible to receive the grant only once.

When will I be notified about the outcome of the application? ONLY the semi-finalists are contacted for a telephone interview, within two to three months after the application deadline, and kept apprised of the outcome.

What should I do if my recommender did not receive an email from Embark? Please ask the recommender to 1) verify that the pop-up blocker is turned off on the computer; 2) check the spam box in the email; 3) write to MMEG to request that individual link be resent.
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.

We encourage MMEG recipients to inform other students about our grant, and to network with other recipient alumnae.

MMEG Country Eligibility List / lista de países elegibles de MMEG*

Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, The, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Korea, “Dem Rep.”, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Congo, “Rep.”, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Arab Rep, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Mauritania, Micronesia, “Fed. Sts.”, Moldova, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, “Rep.”, Zambia, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Gabon, Grenada, Iran, “Islamic Rep.”, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, FYR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, “St. Lucia”, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu

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