Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund

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About the fellowship

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund supports the education of women from developing countries who are pursuing their education with the aim of improving the lives of women and children in their countries. The Fund supports three programs:

  • US/Canada Program
  • South Africa Program
  • Latin America Program

General eligibility criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be a self-identifying woman, and at least 25 years old at time of application deadline;

  • 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;

Specific eligibility criteria:

See for program-specific eligibility criteria.

Award amount

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.

Award period

One (1) year.

Application deadline

US/Canada program: Applications are accepted from September 15 to January 15 each year.

South Africa program: Applications are accepted from May 15 to September 14 each year.

Latin American program: Applications are accepted from June 1 to September 30 each year.

Trinity Washington University Program: Applications are accepted between September 15 and January 15 each year.

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Last updated: July 2021.