The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
Grants for Women from Developing Countries

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) was established in 1981 to honor the late Margaret McNamara and her commitment to the well-being of women and children in developing countries. The purpose of the grant is to support the education of women from developing countries who are committed to improving the lives of women and children in their home countries. Previous grant recipients were studying fields such as agriculture, architecture and urban planning, civil engineering, education, forestry, journalism, nursing, nutrition, pediatrics, public administration, public health, social sciences, and social work.


The MMMF invites women who meet all of the following criteria to apply:

  • She has a record of service to women and/or children in her country.
  • She must reside in the U.S. at the time she submits the application.
  • She plans to return to her country in (or other developing country) within two years of completing use of the MMMF grant and perform at least two years of service.
  • She can demonstrate financial need.
  • She is enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the U.S. or Canada and during the entire period covered by the grant.
  • She must use the grant to continue to study for her degree.
  • She is a citizen of a developing country that is currently eligible to borrow from the World Bank and cannot be a U.S. Green Card holder or Canadian landed immigrant
  • She is at least 25 years old.
  • She is not related to any World Bank Group staff member or his/her spouse.

Note: Please review the MMMF application to determine whether you are from an eligible country.


The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
1818 H Street, NW, Room H2-204
Washington, DC 20433
Phone: (202) 473-8751
Fax: (202) 522-3142