Apply for The Ashinaga Africa Initiative AAI 2022: Education and Support for Orphaned Students Worldwide

DEADLINE: Midnight GMT  Friday  28th  January  2022* 

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.


Applicants must:

  • Have lost one or both parents.  
  • Have completed secondary school and received the results of their national secondary school examination (technical and vocational degrees not accepted) within the last two years (any date after 2nd August 2019, including all of 2020 and 2021) or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results before February 28th, 2022.  
  • Be born after 1st September 1999.   
  • Not have the means to attend university abroad without external financial support.  
  • Be proficient in English, French or Portuguese.   
  • Be regularly ranked in the top 10% of their class during their last 2 or 3 years of secondary school.  
  • Be able to participate in the two Ashinaga preparatory programs, over the course of one year, before attending university.  
  • Be 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.

Documents Required

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

  • Applicant  Registration  
  • Photo or scan of at least one of the following documents; Passport, National ID Card or Birth Certificate 
  • Photo or scan of your most recent High School Term Report/Transcript 
  • Photo or scan of your final High School Examination Results Certificate (if applicable)** 

 **For students receiving their examination results in February 2022, we will ask you to send your examination certificate as soon as possible after you have received it.  

Full Application (Documents Required)

  • Passport style photograph 
  • Passport or National ID Card  
  • Birth certificate of applicant.  
  • Death certificate of deceased parent(s), including the deceased parent’s name, or alternative official documentation proving death of parent(s) or orphan status.  
  • All term reports / secondary school transcripts from the last 2 years.  
  • Final secondary school examination certificate, showing grades in each subject* 
  • A letter of recommendation from a principal or schoolteacher. 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.  
  • Academic transcripts or other results from university (if applicable). 
  • Certificates for extracurricular activities, training courses, jobs or other commitments (if applicable). 

Eligible Countries

Applicants must have citizenship and have completed/are completing high school in one of the following countries: 

 Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, CAR,
Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Kingdom of eSwatini, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Seychelles, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

How to Apply

Applications for Cohort 9 (2022) Ashinaga Africa Initiative are now open. Please note that applying for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative is a long process, and you will not receive the results until the end of May 2022.  

There are two stages to the Ashinaga Africa Initiative application process;  

Applicant  Registration: all applicants must first confirm their eligibility by registering for the program. Only students who register for the program and are deemed eligible will receive the application form by email.  

Each decision about an applicant’s eligibility is based on the criteria outlined previously and their academic record. Our expectations for the academic record of an applicant reflects the academic level we expect students to have in order thrive as part of our intensive academic leadership program. 

Application: all students who register for the program will receive an email with a link to the application form within 1 month of their registration if they are eligible for the program. 

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