Ashinaga Africa Initiative: Scholarship for Orphaned Students

Ashinaga Africa Initiative: Scholarship for Orphaned Students

Awardees of the scholarship will study in Japan, the U.K., the U.S. or Europe
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, October 16, 2019/ — The Ashinaga Africa Initiative 2020 is open for application for scholarship for those who have lost one or both parents and who do not have the means to attend university without financial support.

Awardees of the scholarship will study in Japan, the U.K., the U.S. or Europe.  Applicants should have completed secondary school and passed the national secondary school examination within the last two years or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results before February 28th, 2020.  Those who are interested in applying, please click the link for details.

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The Ashinaga Africa Initiative began in 2014. Its mission is to contribute to Sub-Saharan Africa’s expanding role in global development through increasing access to higher education abroad. We support orphaned students who are committed to returning home and initiating change, by providing access to full financial support to study at a university abroad (equivalent to an undergraduate degree). Ashinaga support covers tuition, accommodation, travel costs, and other necessary fees.

Learn more about the Ashinaga Africa Initiative


Click here to download the paper application form


Applicants must:

  • Have lost one or both parents;
  • Have completed secondary school and passed national secondary school examination (technical and vocational degrees not accepted) within the last two years (any date after 1st September 2017, including all of 2018 and 2019) or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results before February 28th, 2020. 
  • Were born after 1st September, 1997;
  • Have an outstanding academic performance at high school and were amongst the top students in their class;
  • Be committed to returning home, or to Sub-Saharan Africa, and contribute to society in Sub-Saharan Africa after graduating from university.

See the full list of requirements here.

Required Documents

This is a list of the documents you will need to submit as part of your application.

  • Copy of birth certificate of applicant.
  • Copy of death certificate of deceased parent(s), including the deceased parent’s name, or alternative official documentation proving death of parent(s) or orphan status.
  • Copy of national ID card or passport.
  • Copy of term reports / high school transcripts (from the last 2 years).
  • Copy of final Secondary School Examination Certificate*
  • Copy of academic transcripts or diplomas from university/post-secondary institution, if applicable.

* For students receiving their examination results after December 13th 2019 and before February 28th 2020 we will ask you to send your examination certificate if you are selected to progress to the second round of the application process


Applications for Anglophone and Francophone countries are open between 2nd September – 13th December 2019. Successful applicants will be invited to a second application round in late January which will be open between 28th January – 28th February 2020. This second round will include additional questions and essays to help us better understand your leadership potential and how you intend to use your university education to help others in the future. Successful applicants from the second round will be invited to an assessment day in April 2020 where Ashinaga conducts individual interviews and sets an examination to better understand students’ academic abilities and career goals in Sub-Saharan Africa. Students must bring all original academic documents and identification documents to the interview. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the application process.

Eligible Countries

Anglophone Recruitment (September 2nd to December 13th)

Botswana, Ethiopia, Eritrea, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Kingdom of eSwatini, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius*, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles*, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Francophone Recruitment (September 2nd to December 13th)

Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon*, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea Conakry, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Republic of Congo, Senegal and Togo.

*As these countries have French and English as its official languages, applicants can apply to either the Anglophone or Francophone program. However, this does not guarantee multiple seats on the AAI will be provided.

Lusophone Recruitment (July to September)

Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau,  Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe

Click here for information about the Lusophone Recruitment.

How to apply for Anglophone and Francophone Recruitment

There are three ways to apply for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative, although we prefer online applications or those sent by email. There is no application fee, and you must never pay anyone to apply or to apply on your behalf. Applications are now open.

Please note that if you apply by post, all submitted documents will not be returned to you. Therefore, you must send copies of documents ONLY.

  Online Email Post
Step 1 Gather all the required documents, except for the application form. Download the application form;Click here for the English form.

Click here for the French form.

Download the application form.or ask for the form from your local Japanese embassy.
Step 2 Scan the required documents in either PDF or JPG format. Print the application form and fill it out. Print the application form and fill it out.
Step 3 Apply online Scan the completed application form and the other required documents in either PDF or JPG format. Make photocopies of your completed application form and all other required documents
Step 4 Application complete For Anglophone countries, email your scanned documents to: admissions.en@ashinaga.orgFor Francophone countries, email your scanned documents to:

Use your name and country as the email title.

Send all photocopies to the following address:Ashinaga Africa Initiative Recruitment Team P. O. Box 16864 – Kampala, UGANDA

Do not send original documents, copies only.

Step 5 Application complete Application complete

Application process

Step English & French Portuguese  
Applications open September 2nd, 2019 6 July 2019
Applications close December 13th, 2019 30 September 2019
Second stage of application begins January 28th 2020
Second stage of application ends February 28th, 2020
Document screening March 2020 October 2019
Final decision Late May 2020 Mid-January 2020
Notification and acceptance Late May 2020 End of February 2020
Preparation / Health check June 2020 March 2020
Start of Study Camp Early July 2020 May 2020

Online Application Form

Applications for the 2020 Ashinaga Africa Initiative for Anglophone and Francophone countries are currently open :



Frequently asked questions

Why are you not recruiting from my country?

We are currently unable to accept applications from Equatorial Guinea and Sudan. We are currently preparing our strategy for this country and are planning to open applications there in the near future.

Why is the age limit 23?

There are two reasons for this. The first is that Ashinaga wants to prioritize young people for this leadership program, and the second is that students aged 23 or older typically have greater difficulty in obtaining a student visa to study abroad.

Why only 1 student per country?

Ashinaga takes great care to select and develop our students. We believe in quality over quantity and invest a significant amount of resources in those who are accepted into our program. As a result of this, to ensure sustainability, we are only able to take one student per country per year.

Why is the scholarship only for orphans?

Ashinaga is first and foremost an organization that supports the education of orphaned young people.

Why only undergraduate level?

As there are many other organizations, universities, and foundations offering funding for masters degrees, we have decided to prioritize undergraduate university studies.

How will my university/country of study be decided?

This will be decided during the Ashinaga Study Camp for students selected for this program. It will be decided together with the student, but the final decision ultimately lies with Ashinaga. It will depend on numerous criteria, including visa requirements, language requirements, academic grades, and the availability of the student’s desired course of study.

If I applied last year, can I apply again?

As long as you still satisfy the requirements, you are welcome to apply again.

I do not have one of the required documents. What should I do?

All of the required documents listed are necessary to apply, particularly proof of age and proof of the death of a parent. If you do not have a death certificate, then any other official document can be considered, including a court record, affidavit, or an official letter from a local government official.

I am from a French-speaking country but want to study in English. Can I still apply?

Yes, you may still apply. Some students from Francophone countries with sufficient quality English can study in English in Japan, the USA, the UK or Europe.

Will I be able to save my application and finish it later?

Yes. After you register you will receive a personalized application link. If you wish to stop your application and continue at a later time, using this link will allow you to continue from where you previously stopped.

What assessed in stage 1?

Applicants are scored on their academic performance, with readers looking to identify any patterns in a student’s performance. They are compared against all other applicants from their country for that year to produce a country ranking. Applicants are also assessed on their ability to access higher education, with those who have secure access to higher education in their field of choice being eliminated at this stage of the process.  You will submit key eligibility (to prove age and orphan status) and qualification (to prove academic excellence) documents.

What is assessed in stage 2?

Applicants are assessed on their academic performance, the challenges they have overcome, their future plans and their leadership potential. You will submit 2 essays and write answers to short and long questions.

What is assessed during the Ashinaga Assessment?

Applicants are assessed on their knowledge and aptitude, challenges faced and future planning and initiative. You will be assessed through an examination, two interviews and group exercises.

Promotional Materials

If you would like to promote Ashinaga and the Ashinaga Africa Initiative at your school, company, or organization, then you can download our promotional posters and flyers here.

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