The Margaret McNamara Education Grants 2024 (US & Canada)

The Margaret McNamara Education Grants 2024 (US & Canada)

The Margaret McNamara Education Grants 2024 (US & Canada)

The Margaret McNamara Education Grants (MMEG) is a program that provides grants to help women from developing countries pursue higher education in the United States and Canada with the aim of improving the lives of these women and children. Grants will be used in schools in the USA and Canada.

About $15,000 in Education grants are granted 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 enhance the lives of women and/or children.


  • Be at least 25 years old at the time of application deadline (see specific regional program application below);
  • Be a national of a country listed on the MMEG Country Eligibility List (listed below);
  • Be enrolled at an accredited academic institution when submitting an application, and plan to be enrolled for a full academic term after the 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.


  • Already be enrolled as a full-time student, with a relevant student visa in national passport;
  • Plan to continue studying full-time for at least one academic semester (half year) following the award of the MMEG grant in April;
  • Plan to graduate no later than two and a half years following the award of the MMEG grant;
  • Not hold US citizenship or permanent residency (green card) Canadian citizenship or Canadian landed immigrant status.

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All of the documents listed below are needed to complete your application.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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 the university (not an 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 a clear photo (in case of dual citizenship).

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

  • 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;
  • An estimate of your financial situation, including living expenses, for the coming academic year, and planned strategies to cover funding needs;
  • A summary of your thesis (if applicable), including its objective, methodology, findings, and relationship to career goals.


  1. One referee must be a faculty member from your current university. The second referee may be 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.
  2. Please contact two people from whom you would like to request a reference letter.  After receiving their confirmation, you will be asked to provide in the application form: the email addresses of the two people providing references. They will each receive an email link from the Embark online platform to write their recommendation. When their recommendations are submitted, you will be notified by Embark.


  1. This program accepts applications between September 15 and January 15.
  2. Successful candidates will be personally notified of their grant in April.
  3. Queries may be addressed to
  4. The results will be announced on our web page in April.
  5. Do not forget to read the Application Checklist and FAQs before applying and select “US-Canada program” in the first question of the application.
  6. If the program name does not appear, the program may be closed to new applications.
  7. All of the documents listed on the Application Checklist are needed to complete your application.
  8. Failure to submit a complete application with ALL needed documents by the close of the application period will result in ineligibility of the application, i.e., automatic exclusion of the applicant.
  9. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2024



The Margaret McNamara Education Grants 2024 (US & Canada)

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