Margaret Mcnamara Education Grant Bursary 2021-2022

The Margaret Mcnamara Education Grant Bursary was founded in 1981, as a non-profit organization that operates as a public charity sector organization. 

The group was established to help empower women through education, in developing countries.  The organization was named after Margeret Mcnamara, the wife of Robert Mcnamara, who was the fifth president of the World Bank. 

The organization is funded by the Margaret Mcnamara Memorial Fund, with Margaret Mcnamara being an avid advocate of female education during her lifetime.  The Margaret Mcnamara Education Grant is the culmination of her life’s work, as a major proponent of female upliftment, through education.

Closing Date of the Bursary 

Please note that bursary applications for the Margaret Mcnamara Education Grant Bursary will close on the 14 of September 2021. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered for the Margaret Mcnamara Education Grant Programme.  

Applicants who have not received any feedback within a month of the closing date should consider their application unsuccessful

About the Bursary 

The Margaret Mcnamara Education Grant Bursary is aimed at women in developing countries.  Established by Margeret McNamaram, the Bursary aims to address gender inequality through the upliftment of women.  

The Bursary is valued between $9000 and $15 000, and is aimed at female women studying at: 

  • The University of Cape Town
  • The University of Stellenbosch
  • The University of Pretoria 
  • The University of the Witwatersrand
  • The University of Free State. 

Please note that the bursary is not aimed at any particular field of study.  Applicants studying either an eCertificate, Undergraduate or Postgraduate Degree may apply for the Margaret Mcnamara Education Grant. 

Margaret Mcnamara Education Grant Bursary Requirements and Eligibility 

Prospective applicants need to satisfy all of the requirements of the Margaret Mcnamara Education Grant in order to be considered for the Programme:

  • Applications are open to South African citizens or those holding a South African study permit ONLY.
  • Applications are open to women ONLY.
  • Applications are open to those above 25 years of age ONLY.
  • Applications are open to those studying an eCertificate, Undergraduate, or Postgraduate Degree.
  • Applications are not available to those with relatives who work for the IMF, World Bank or the Inter-American Development Bank.

Please note that applicants are required to fully enroll as soon as the Bursary amount has been paid.  

Bursaries are available to students studying at one of the following tertiary institutions:

  • The University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • The University of Witwatersrand (Wits)
  • The University of Free State (UFS)
  • The University of Pretoria (Tuks)
  • The University of Stellenbosch (US) 

Margaret Mcnamara Education Grant Bursary Coverage 

The Margaret Mcnamara Education Grant Bursary Programme will provide successful applicants with financial assistance valued between $9000 and $15 000, which will help pay for the costs of the relevant degree.  The once-off bursary payment can be used to cover the:

  • Registration fees of the successful applicant.
  • Tuition fees for the successful applicant.
  • Accommodation fees for the successful applicant. 
  • Laptop allowance for the successful applicant. 
  • Cash allowance for the successful applicant. 
  •  Meal allowance for the successful applicant

Please note that the bursary can be used to cover the expenses of any degree chosen by the successful applicant. 

How to apply for the Margaret Mcnamara Education Bursary?

Kindly note that students applying for the Margaret Mcnamara Education Grant Bursary should do so by applying at the following link: Margaret McNamara Education grant Bursary.

The following supporting documentations should be attached to the applicant’s online application form:

  • A certified copy of the applicant’s ID document.
  • A certified copy of the applicant’s passport and study permit (foreign students).
  • A certified copy of proof of University registration.
  • A certified copy of the applicant’s academic history. 
  • A letter of motivation explaining why the applicant should be awarded the Bursary. 
  • A letter detailing the financial situation of the prospective applicant. 
  • Two reference letters should be included, confirming the financial situation of the prospective applicant. 

Please note that the failure to adhere to the application requirements will result in the application being disregarded.

Contact Information 

Please note that all Margaret Mcnamara Education Grant Bursary Programme queries may be directed to southafrica@mmeg.org.

Prospective beneficiaries can expect a response by the middle of December. 

Please note that the granting of the Margaret Mcnamara Education Grant Bursary Programme is at the sole discretion of the bursary committee.

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