Sunday, June 20, 2021

Ashinaga Africa Initiative to Support Orphaned Students

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LEVEL: Undergraduate
FUNDING: Fully Funded
OPEN TO: Specific countries
PLACE: Varoius places
STATUS: 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. The initiative support orphaned students who are committed to returning home and initiating change, by providing access to full financial support to study an undergraduate degree at a university abroad. Ashinaga support covers tuition, accommodation, travel costs, and other necessary fees.

Started 50 years ago, the Ashinaga movement provides scholarships supports students from Japan and around the world who have lost one or both parents, or who have a parent who is unable to work due to a disability.

The Ashinaga movement began after the founder and President Yoshiomi Tamai lost his mother in a traffic accident in 1963. Having experienced first-hand the lack of support an orphan receives, Tamai and a group of likeminded individuals went on to found the Association for Traffic Accident Orphans in 1967.

Ashinaga Africa Initiative Details

  • Host Institution: Universities abroad.
  • Field of study: Available programs at candidate’s host institutions.
  • Number of awards: Not specified.
  • Duration: Applicants program duration.
  • Target group: Open to people who have citizenship and have completed/are completing secondary school in one of the following countries: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Kingdom of eSwatini, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Seychelles, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Ashinaga Africa Initiative Program Benefits

The Ashinaga Africa Initiative provides successful applicants with a full financial support to study at university abroad (equivalent to undergraduate degree), including tuition, room, travel cost and other necessary fees.

Ashinaga Africa Initiative Program Eligibility

To qualify for the Initiative, 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.
  • Have citizenship and have completed/are completing secondary school in one of the eligible country above.
  • Were born after 1st September 1998.
  • Do not have the means to attend university until graduation without external financial support.
  • Are proficient in English or French.
  • Are regularly ranked in the top 10% of their class during their last 2 or 3 years of secondary school.
  • Are able to participate in the two Ashinaga preparatory programs, over the course of one year, before attending university.
  • Are committed to return home, or to Sub-Saharan Africa, and contribute to society in Sub-Saharan Africa after graduating from university.
  • Have no dependents who could interfere with academic progress.
  • Have a good enough health condition to be able to study abroad.

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Application instructions

There is no application fee, and you must never pay anyone to apply or to apply on your behalf. There are two stages to the Ashinaga Africa Initiative application process:

  1. Registration: all applicant must first confirm the eligibility by registering for the programme. Only students who register for the program and are deemed eligible (based on criteria/eligibility above) will receive the application form.
  2. Application: all students who register for the programme will receive an email with a link to the application form within 1 month of their registration if they are eligible for the programme.

A. Online application

Click on the apply button below, create your account and follow instructions to register for the programme.

B. Application by email:

  • Download the application form.
  • Print the application form and fill it out
  • Scan the completed application form and the other required documents in either PDF or JPG format
  • For Anglophone Countries, email your scanned documents to: [email protected]
  • For Francophone Countries, email your scanned documents to:[email protected]
  • Use your name and country as the email title.

Required Documents

  1. Copy of all term reports / high school transcripts from the last 2 years
  2. Copy of final Secondary School Examination Certificate (if you did not submit it with your registration form)
  3. Copy of academic transcripts / diplomas from university / post-secondary institution, (if applicable)
  4. Copy of death certificate of deceased parent(s), including the deceased parent’s name, or alternative official documentation proving the death of parent(s) or orphan status
  5. Copy of birth certificate of the applicant
  6. Copies of certificates for extracurricular activities, training courses, jobs or commitments (if applicable)
  7. A letter of recommendation from a principal or school teacher. This should be inclusive of their email address, phone number and must contain information about your performance and character whilst at secondary school. All recommendation letters should contain an official signature or stamp.


  • 19th October 2020 – Application opens
  • 19th February 2021 – Deadline to Register for the Program
  • 1st March 2021 – Deadline to submit application
  • Late March – Shortlisted applicants invited to Ashinaga Assessment (Interview and Exam)
  • April 2021 – Ashinaga Assessment conducted during this month
  • May 2021 – Selection results announced
  • June 2021 – Selected applicants prepare for Study Camp in Uganda or Senegal
  • July 2021 – Study Camp Begins.

All documents must be submitted in French or English if possible. Use the Gregorian (Western) calendar to fill in the application.

The deadline to submit application for this program for orphans is For more detail on the Ashinaga Africa Initiative, please visit the official page. To be the first to see latest opportunities, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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