Please read the following information carefully and read application checklist provided in the left menu before applying.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a self-identifying woman, and at least 25 years old at time of application deadline;

  • Be a national of a country listed on the MMEG Country Eligibility List (except for the Trinity Washington University program);

  • Be enrolled (not just accepted) at an accredited academic institution when submitting application; and plan to be enrolled for a full academic term after 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;



Applications for Africa program are from May 15 to September 14 each year. Queries may be addressed to . Results are announced in mid December.

In addition to the above criteria, an applicant must:

  • already be enrolled part time (minimum of 2 courses per semester or term) or full time at one of the universities listed below:

    • University of the Witwatersrand

    • University of Cape Town

    • University of Stellenbosch

    • University of Pretoria

    • University of the Free State

  • be enrolled for at least one more academic term (the term between January to July 2022)

  • Applicants applying from eligible countries other than South Africa must hold a study permit for South Africa.

  • Applicants should be born before September 15, 1996 to be eligible to apply.

Estimated expenses should be calculated and expressed in Rand.

Remember to read the Application Checklist & FAQs before applying and select the   “South Africa” in the first question of the application. If the program name  does not appear, the program may be closed to new applications.


Why is the MMEG grant targeted to women from developing countries? Our mission is to assist women from developing countries who are pursuing their education with the aim of improving the lives of women and children in their countries. MMEG is one of the few organizations that provides financial assistance to such women.

Is there a fee to apply for a grant? MMEG does not charge application or processing fees.

Who can apply? Self-identifying women who are from eligible countries, at least 25 years-old, and enrolled in eligible universities (as certificate, undergrad, grad, or postdoc students) are welcome to apply.

Can I apply if I am not yet 25 years old? Applicants are required to be at least 25 years old at time of application deadline (see deadlines for each specific program).

I have been accepted/ admitted to study in a US-Canada university, but I am not yet enrolled. Can I apply? Applicants are required to be officially enrolled in their University at the time of application and to provide proof of this enrollment.

What is the difference between acceptance (or admission) and enrollment? Acceptance (or admission) into a university means that a student’s application to the university has been approved and that she is authorized to enroll. Enrollment takes place following acceptance (or admission). An enrolled student has registered for classes, submitted all required documents, is listed in the university’s rosters and is attending classes. The university registrar’s office is able to provide documented proof of enrollment.

Can I apply if I am a part-time student? Part-time students (minimum of 2 courses per semester or term) may apply in the South Africa, Latin America, and Trinity Washington University programs. Applicants must be full-time students to be considered eligible in the US-Canada program.

What is a “full academic term”? This is understood as a complete academic grading period at your university, whether a semester, quarter or known by another name, depending on the countries where MMEG has programs.

How much money is provided by MMEG? In past years, grants of up to US$15,000 have been awarded in the US-Canada program, and up to US$7,000 in the Africa, Latin America, and Trinity programs. Grant amounts may vary, based on exchange rates and availability of funds.

When do successful applicants receive grant funding? Grant funds are disbursed each year in May and June for the US-Canada and Trinity programs, in January and February for the South Africa program and in February and March for the Latin America program.

When will I be notified about the outcome of my application? ONLY semi-finalists are contacted for a telephone interview, within two to three months after the application deadline, and will be kept apprised of the outcome. The results will be announced on MMEG’s website in early April.

What should I do if my recommender/referee did not receive an email from the online applications software (Embark)? Please ask recommender/referee to 1) verify that pop-up blocker is turned off on their computer; 2) check their email spam folder; 3) write to MMEG to request that an individual link be resent.

My program does not require a thesis/dissertation. How can I answer the question: “A summary of your thesis/dissertation that includes the objective, methodology and expected results and explains the link with your career.” in the Academic Information Section ? If your program does not require a thesis, you should describe how your current academic studies link with your future professional/ volunteer service goals

Can I apply more than once? If unsuccessful in obtaining a grant, applicants may re-apply in the future.

Can I receive the grant more than once? Recipients of the MMEG grant are eligible to receive the grant only once.

My university or the country where I am studying is not listed among the programs. Am I eligible to apply? Only students already registered for study at the universities and countries listed in our programs are eligible to apply.

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