Margaret McNamara Education Grants (MMEG) South Africa Bursaries 2025

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 About MMEG

The Margaret McNamara Education Grants (MMEG) is a non-profit organization that was established in 1981 to honour Margaret Craig McNamara, the wife of Robert S. McNamara, who served as the President of the World Bank. The organization aims to support the education of women from developing countries who are committed to improving the lives of women and children in their home countries. MMEG provides grants to women pursuing education in the United States, Canada, and select universities in South Africa and Latin America.

 Fields of Study

MMEG is inviting female students from South Africa to apply for their bursary award for the 2025 academic year. The award is available for all fields of study towards a Certificate, Undergraduate, Graduate, or Postdoctoral qualification at selected universities. Applicants must be registered for in-person studies at one of the following accredited universities in South Africa:

- Cape Peninsula University of Technology

- Central University of Technology

- Durban University of Technology

- Mangosuthu University of Technology

- University of Fort Hare

- University of Limpopo

- Nelson Mandela University

- North-West University

- Rhodes University

- Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

- Sol Plaatje University

- Stellenbosch University

- Tshwane University of Technology

- University of Cape Town

- University of Johannesburg

- University of KwaZulu-Natal

- University of Mpumalanga

- University of Pretoria

- University of the Free State

- University of the Western Cape

- University of the Witwatersrand

- University of Venda

- University of Zululand

- Vaal University of Technology

- Walter Sisulu University

Coverage Value & Selection

MMEG offers grants of up to US$7,000 (approximately R128,000), though the amount may vary based on available funds and exchange rates. The grants will be disbursed in February 2025. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a telephone interview within 2 to 3 months after the application deadline. The results will be announced on the MMEG website in December 2024.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the MMEG South Africa Bursary for 2025, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

- Self-identifying women from eligible countries

- Identify as a woman and be at least 25 years old at the time of the application deadline.

- Be a national of a country listed on the MMEG country eligibility list (with the exception of the Trinity Washington University Program).

- Be enrolled (not just accepted) in an accredited in-person academic institution and program when submitting the application.

- Plan to be enrolled for at least one full academic semester (half-year term) after receiving the MMEG grant.

- Plan to graduate no later than three years after receiving the MMEG grant.

- Not be related to a World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, or Inter-American Development Bank staff member, spouse, retiree, or MMEG Board member.

In addition to the above criteria, applicants must:

- Already be enrolled full-time or part-time (minimum of 2 courses per semester or term) at one of the universities on the MMEG list.

- Be enrolled for at least one academic semester (half-year) following the award of the MMEG grant in December (the term between January and July 2025).

- Plan to graduate no later than three years following the award of the MMEG grant.

- Hold a study permit for South Africa if applying from an eligible country other than South Africa.

 How to Apply

The application process for the MMEG South Africa Bursary involves several steps:

1. Online Application: Applicants must complete the online application form available on the MMEG website during the application period. Click here to apply

2. Personal Statement: Provide a personal statement detailing academic and professional goals, how the degree will contribute to the improvement of women and children's lives, and how the applicant plans to use the education in her home country.

3. Recommendation Letters: Submit at least two letters of recommendation from academic or professional contacts.

4. Proof of Enrolment: Provide proof of enrolment from the university.

5. Financial Information: Submit detailed financial information including estimated expenses and available resources.

6. Identification: Provide a copy of a valid passport or national ID.

 Documents Required

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Before starting the MMEG application process, please ensure you have scanned the following documents in digital form (preferably PDF, but JPEG or PNG are also acceptable):

- Identification (ID) card with photo:

  - (a) National passport page with photo and date of birth, if studying outside your home country, or

  - (b) Government or university-issued identity card with photo and birth date.

- Proof of Registration: Most recent official registration proof from the university (not an acceptance letter).

- Academic Transcripts: Most recent official university transcripts and/or reports.

- Visa or Study Permit: Visa page or study permit page within the current passport (if studying outside your home country).

- Second Passport Page: Clear photo of the second passport page (in case of dual citizenship).

You will be required to upload these documents at specific points in the online application form. Additionally, you will need to provide:

- Personal Statement: 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.

- Financial Estimate: An estimate of your financial situation, including living expenses for the coming academic year, and planned strategies to cover funding needs.

- Thesis Summary (if applicable): A summary of your thesis, including its objective, methodology, findings, and relationship to career goals.

Two reference letters are required:

- One referee must be a faculty member from your current university.

- The second referee may be any person (non-family member) who can vouch for your character and work. At least one of the individuals must have known you for at least one year.

Please contact the two individuals you would like to request reference letters from. After receiving their confirmation, you will need to provide their email addresses in the application form. They will each receive an email link from the Embark online platform to write their recommendation. You will be notified by Embark when their recommendations are submitted.

Opening and Closing Dates

Applications commence on May 15, 2024, and conclude on September 14, 2024.

 Contact Details

For more information or inquiries regarding the MMEG South Africa Bursary, applicants can contact MMEG through the following:

- Website: MMEG Website

- Email: southafrica@mmeg.org

- Mailing Address:

  Margaret McNamara Education Grants

  1818 H Street, NW

  Washington, DC 20433

  USA

Applicants are encouraged to visit the MMEG website regularly for updates and additional information regarding the application process, eligibility requirements, and important dates.

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