Ashinaga Africa Initiative 2019 leadership program for young African orphans (Fully Funded to study abroad)

Application Deadline: December 16th 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.


Applicants must:

  • 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)

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
  • 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.

Eligible Countries

Anglophone Recruitment (September 16th to December 16th) (Applications now open)

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

Lusophone Recruitment (July to September) (Applications now open)

Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and Mozambique

Click here for information about how to apply for the Lusophone Recruitment.

Application process

Step English French Portuguese  
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

Application Form

Download the Application Form Now

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Ashinaga Africa Initiative 2019 leadership program


  1. Good morning sir/madam I am dynamic person, i would like to apply for scholarship To study abroad for bachelor degree intact to develop my experience and potention To navigate 21st century problem with worldwide students if i look forward the opportunité
    Thank you


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