Apply for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative (Applications closed)
Applications for the 2019 Ashinaga Africa Initiative are now closed.
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.
Have lost one or both parents;
- Have completed 12 years of education (primary and secondary school) within the last two years;
- Were born after 1st October, 1996;
- Have an outstanding academic performance at high school and were amongst the top students in their class;
- Be willing to return 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)
- Completed application form
- Working email address and telephone number
- Document proving the death of one or both parents, such as a death certificate
- Proof of age, such as a birth certificate, national ID or passport
- Secondary school/high school graduation certificate
- Results from final national exams
- Academic report cards from the last two years of high school/secondary school
- Passport-style photo of yourself
Applications are open between 16th September – 16th December 2018. Successful applicants will be invited to a second application round in late January which will be open between 28th January – 28th February 2019. 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 2019 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.
Anglophone Recruitment (September 16th to December 16th) (
Applications now closed)
Botswana, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Kingdom of eSwatini, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Francophone Recruitment (March to June) (Applications now closed)
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.
Lusophone Recruitment (July to September) (Applications now closed)
Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and Mozambique
Click here for information about the Lusophone Recruitment.
How to apply for the Anglophone 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 closed. If you are interested in being notified once the Ashinaga Africa Initiative opens to applications again, please fill this form.
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.
|Step 1||Gather all the required documents, except for the application form.||Download the application 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 once applications open||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||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|
|Applications open||September 16th, 2018||March 1st, 2018||6 July 2018|
|Applications close||December 16th, 2018||June 30th 2018||30 September 2018
|Second stage of application begins||January 28th 2019||July-August 2018|
|Second stage of application ends||February 28th, 2019||End of August 2018|
|Document screening||March 2019||September 2018||October 2018|
|Final decision||Late May 2019||End of September 2018||Mid-January 2019|
|Notification and acceptance||Late May 2019||Early October 2018||End of February 2019|
|Preparation / Health check||June 2019||October 2018||March 2019|
|Start of study camp||Early July 2019||November 2018||May 2019|
Download the form once applications for the 2020 Ashinaga Africa Initiative are open.
Frequently asked questions
Why are you not recruiting from my country?
We are currently unable to accept applications from Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Eritrea. We are currently preparing our strategy for these countries 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 are there two rounds of recruitment?
There are two rounds of recruitment to correspond with the differences in timing for the application procedures of English-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, and French-speaking universities.
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 an obituary, a court record, or an official letter from a principal/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.
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