The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund For Women From Developing Countries

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund For Women From Developing Countries

Deadline: January 16, 2016

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) awards education grants on a competitive basis to exceptional women from developing countries who have financial need and are committed to working to empower women and children. The MMMF USA/Canada grant program is now accepting applications from eligible candidates. Eligible students are those from developing countries studying at an accredited university in the United States or Canada.

Eligibility/Selection Criteria

Women applying for the MMMF grant must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to working to empower women and children in developing countries.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Intend to return to a developing country within two years of completing degree or intend to remain in developing country at least two years to work towards empowerment of women and children.
  •  Are 25 years old at time of application deadline.
  • Demonstrate satisfactory academic performance.
  • Be a national of a country listed on the MMMF Country Eligibility List (see list on website).
  •  Be enrolled at an accredited academic institution at time of application and plan to be enrolled for a full academic year upon receipt of grant.
  • Not be a relative of a World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund or Inter-American Development Bank staff or his/her spouse.
  • Have not received a MMMF grant previously
  • Must be enrolled as a full time student with relevant student visa.
  • May not hold:  US citizenship or permanent residency (green card) or Canadian citizenship or Canadian landed immigrant status.

How to Apply

To submit your application, you must have a valid email address and register to access the application form.  Before you start the application process make sure you have the following documents in digital (the scans must be in the following formats: pdf – preferred, jpeg or png) form:

  1. Passport ID page with a clear photo;
  2. 2.Visa page in current passport; 
  3. Second passport page with clear photo (in case of dual citizenship);
  4. Most recent proof of registration from your university; and
  5. Most recent university transcripts and/or reports.

You also need:

  1. a verified email addresses for the nominated referees; this will be used to send a reminder, if necessary, for their recommendation. You should of course personally discuss this request with your referees and direct them to the recommendation form on the website before submitting their name on this applicationClick here to download recommendation form.
  2. a summary of your thesis (if applicable), including its objective, methodology, findings and relationship to career goals. (up to 480 words)
  3. brief paragraphs of your personal story, commitment to women and children, course of study and future career plans motivating your commitment to women and/or children (up to 1050 words)
  4. an understanding of your financial situation for the coming academic year and strategies to cover your funding needs.

For more information visit MMMF -Grants