Margaret McNamara Scholarships at University of Cape Town for Female African Students

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) Scholarships

Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Postgraduate
Provider: The MMMF Foundation
Country to Study in: South Africa

Scholarship Description
The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) was founded in 1981 to honor the memory of Margaret Craig McNamara for her commitment to women and children in the developing world.

Over the past 31 years, the MMMF has awarded 205 educational grants to women from 65 developing countries whose studies in the US, Canada and also now in South Africa since 2007, aim to benefit women and children and plan to return to their countries or regions.

The MMMF is making grants, to the value of approximately $US 4000 each, available to female students, 25 years and older, from all African countries enrolled for study at the University of Cape Town.

A woman is eligible to apply for a MMMF grant if she meets all the following criteria:
  1. Has a record of service to women and/or children in her country or other developing country.
  2. Is enrolled at one of the listed universities when applying and remains enrolled during the entire year covered by the grant.
  3. Will use the grant toward completion of her degree.
  4. Is a national of a World Bank lower or middle income developing member country (see country eligibility list on MMMF website)
  5. Plans to return to her country or another developing country within about two years after completing use of the grant and perform at least two years of service.
  6. Demonstrates financial need and satisfactory academic performance.
  7. Is at least 25 years old by the application deadline.
  8. Is not related to any World Bank Group, IMF or IADB staff member or his/her spouse.
There are no exceptions to the MMMF educational grant criteria listed above.

Eligible groups
Females, 25 years and older, from developing countries enrolled at any one of the participating institutions

Participating Institution(s)
University of Cape Town, Cape Town; South Africa.

NOTE: The complete list of institutions is for students enrolled at one of the following:
  1. University of Cape Town
  2. University of Pretoria
  3. University of Stellenbosch
  4. University of Witwatersrand
Fields of study
Any field of learning

Scholarship benefits
The MMMF is making grants, for approximately US$ 4000 each, available to female students from developing countries undertaking university study at a listed university in South Africa.

Eventual grant recipients would be expected to apply these funds to their educational, living and/or research expenses for the academic year 2013.

Method of Application
Interested applicants must visit the official website to apply. Online Application forms are available at as from June 5, 2012.

Closing date for applications, supporting documents and recommendations: August 21, 2012


Application Deadline: 21 August 2012 (each year)
Open to International students: Yes (but ONLY African females)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: MMMF Scholarships in Africa for Women from Developing countries

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