0 MMMF Scholarships in USA and Canada for Women from Developing Countries

Posted on Monday, December 03, 2012

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) Scholarships for Female Students from Developing Countries studying in the USA and Canada

Study Subject: Any field of study
Scholarship Level: Postgraduate (masters, PhD, Postdoctoral, research)
Scholarship Provider: World Bank Group/World Bank Family Network.
Scholarship can be taken at: USA, Canada

Scholarship Description
The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) was founded in 1981 to honor the memory of Margaret Craig McNamara (1915-1981), the wife of Robert S. McNamara, President of the World Bank from 1968 to 1981.

In 2005 the MMMF began exploring ways to expand its scholarship program to include study in developing country universities. Between 2007-2010, pilot grants were awarded to 15 students studying in South Africa.

The MMMF awards educational grants to women from developing countries whose graduate studies and future plans aim to benefit women and children in their respective regions. Commitment to this goal is an essential selection criterion. (See also MMMF Scholarships in Africa)

Eligibility Criteria
A woman is eligible to apply for an MMMF grant if she meets all the following criteria:
  1. has a record of service to women and children and a commitment to improve the lives of women and children in developing countries.
  2. resides in the U.S. or Canada at the time she submits the application.
  3. is enrolled (in residence) at an accredited U.S. or Canadian educational institution for the academic year 2012-2013, intends to be enrolled for the 2013-2014 academic year.
  4. uses the grant toward the completion of her degree.
  5. is a national of a lower or middle income country, as designated by MMMF Country Eligibility List (see list in 'Eligible Groups' below).
  6. is not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, permanent U.S. resident or Canadian Landed Immigrant.
  7. intends to return to her country(or other developing country) within two years of receiving the MMMF grant.
  8. demonstrates financial need.
  9. is at least 25 years old by December 31, 2012 (i.e. Born before December 31, 1987).
  10. is not related to a World Bank Group staff member or their spouse.
There are no exceptions to the MMMF Scholarship criteria listed above.

Eligible Groups
For students from developing countries who are currently studying in the United States or Canada. Country Eligibility List—Academic Year 2013-2014 is as below:

Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep., Chad, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt , Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Other Countries: Afghanistan, Ecuador , Macedonia, FYR of , Albania, Arab Rep., Serbia, El Salvador, Seychelles, Malaysia, Antigua and Barbuda, Eritrea, Maldives, Solomon Islands, Argentina, Armenia, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh , St. Kitts and Nevis, Belarus, Georgia, Mexico, St. Lucia, Belize, Micronesia, Fed. Sts , St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada, Bhutan, Guatemala, Moldova, Suriname, Bolivia, Mongolia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Syrian Arab Rep., Guyana, Tajikistan, Brazil, Haiti, Bulgaria, Honduras, Myanmar, Thailand, India, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Nepal, Cambodia, Iran, Islamic Rep. of, Nicaragua,Tonga, Iraq, Trinidad and Tobago, Cape Verde, Jamaica, Jordan, Pakistan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Palau, Turkmenistan, Chile, China, Kiribatii, Panama, Colombia, Korea, Republic of, Papua New Guinea, Ukraine, Comoros, Kosovo, Paraguay, Uruguay, Kyrgyz Rep, Peru, Uzbekistan, Lao PDR, Philippines, Vanuatu, Costa Rica, Latvia, Poland, Venezuela, RB, Lebanon, Romania, Vietnam, Croatia, Russian Federation, West Bank & Gaza, Yemen, Rep, Dominica, Samoa, Dominican Republic, São Tomé and Principe

Participating Institutions
Any accredited institution of higher learning in the USA and/or canada

Sponsorship Duration
The grant is a onetime award to last for the full duration of study

Scholarship Benefits
The MMMF awards grants of approximately $12,000 each; grants are not renewable.
Every year, the MMMF also invites the recipients to Washington DC to participate in a three day Awards Program organized in their honor.

Method of Application
A complete application package consists of the following (NO EXCEPTIONS):
  • One Online Application Form (see item A below). Click here to have a look at a draft application.
  • Two Recommendations using the online form and instructions (see item B below).
  • Four additional documents as listed in item C to be sent in one email.
[A]. Online Application: Deadline January 9th, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST
Choose one of the following options to start/access your online application:
First Time User:Returning User:
Register to applyLog-in to continue with application

[B]. Online Recommendation Forms: Deadline- January 11th, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST
  • Two online recommendation forms are required. One must be from a professor at your present institution. The other can be from a former professor/supervisor from your country or elsewhere. At least one of these individuals should have known you for at least two semesters.
  • These recommendations must be sent to scholarships@mmmf-grants.org no later than January 11th, 2013. Please remind your referee to use the same full name for you, as per the electronic application form.
[C]. All documents listed below must be submitted no later than the deadline- January 11th, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST.
Please scan and send the following documents in one email, as separate attachments. Send documents as word docs, pdf or jpeg. (We do not accept encoded documents.) Make sure each attachment contains your surname (last/family name, as per passport) and number that corresponds to the document numbers below. [For example,“XYZA-3.jpg” would be a copy of Ms. Xyza’s official transcript]
  1. Copy of your passport picture page;
  2. Copy of your US or Canada visa / study permit;
  3. Copy of your Official transcript for Fall 2012, or most recent transcript, from your current university only (if your program is for research and without grades, a progress report from a supervising professor must be submitted ), with institutional seal and Registrar’s signature;
  4. Official confirmation of registration in your academic institution for current semester, with institutional seal and Registrar’s signature. Acceptance Letters are not needed and do not substitute for Proof of Registration/Enrollment.
Please make sure to submit ALL documents as listed. Only complete applications will be accepted.

Application for academic year 2013/2014 is open from October 15th until January 9th, 2013. Please see timelines above.

NOTE that it is essential to visit the official website (see link below) for full and detailed application information.

The MMMF does not answer phone queries regarding grants. Please send your emails to scholarships@mmmf-grants.org. For more contact details and information, click here

Scholarship Application Deadline: 5pm, 9 January 2013 (annually)
Scholarships Open to International Applicants: Yes

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