Ashinaga Africa Initiative 2018 leadership program for young African orphans (Fully Funded to study abroad)

Application Deadline: February 25, 2018

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.

Requirements:

Applicants must:

  • Be an orphan, having lost one or both parents
  • Be 23 or younger, having been born after October 1, 1995
  • Have graduated high school within the past two years
  • Be committed to returning to Sub-Saharan Africa once they have finished their studies abroad

Eligible Countries

Anglophone and Lusophone Recruitment (October to February) (Applications open from October 1st)

Angola, Botswana, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Required Documents

  • 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
  • Recommendation letter from a principal or teacher
  • Passport-style photo of yourself
  • Both essays described below

Benefits:

  • Ashinaga support covers tuition, accommodation, travel costs, and other necessary fees.

Essays

Please type/write using a separate sheet of paper. If you choose to handwrite your essays, please write in print and with black ink. Essays written with pencils will not be accepted.

  • Essay 1: Please describe how you grew up and experienced losing your parent(s). What challenges have you faced after the loss of your parent(s) and what have you done in order to overcome them? Please write in detail, especially the actions you took to continue and further your education. (Maximum 500 words)
  • Essay 2: Please describe the goals you wish to achieve after graduating from university abroad. Outline how the skills and knowledge you gain from a university degree would help you reach your goals when you return to Sub-Saharan Africa. (Maximum 500 words)

Remember that these essays are personal—they are about you and so should only be written by you. Ashinaga is interested in how you make the most of what is available to you.

How to Apply:

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.

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. Click here to download the english application form Click here to download the english 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 Click here to 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 Email your scanned documents to:
admissions.en@ashinaga.org
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 and Portuguese French
Applications open October 1, 2017 TBA
Applications close February 25, 2018 TBA
Document screening February-March 2018 July-August 2018
Invitation to interview End of March 2018 End of August 2018
Interviews April to May 2018 September 2018
Final decision Mid-May 2018 End of September 2018
Notification and acceptance End of May 2018 Early October 2018
Preparation / Health check June 2018 October 2018
Start of study camp Early July 2018 November 2018

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Ashinaga Africa Initiative 2018 leadership program

4 COMMENTS

  1. I have a question..and what if its my first time to hear about this opportunity but am 25 years and l have one parent and am interested to apply would they consider that?

  2. Am a totally orphaned girl didn’t pass my KCSE will I get a chance to study have been really wanting to study so willing to study

  3. i’m emmanuel shikuku a total orphan.i got a mean grade of c+ i dont have death certificates of parents can you please help

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