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Ashinaga is now accepting applications from orphaned students (who have lost one or both parents) in Sub Saharan Africa for its 2022 Africa Initiative program.


The deadline for submission of application for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative program is January 28, 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. They 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).

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The Ashinaga Africa Initiative is a fully funded academic leadership programme that aims to provide high potential orphaned students from across Sub Saharan Africa with access to higher education  in Japan, the U.K., Europe and the U.S.A.


Ashinaga is a Japanese foundation based in Tokyo. We provide financial support and emotional care to young people around the world who have lost one or both parents. With over 55 years of history, our support has enabled more than 100,000 orphaned students to gain access to education.


Program Summary

The Ashinaga Africa Initiative (IAA) is an international leadership program that supports the next generation of leaders who will contribute to the development of sub-Saharan Africa.


IAA Fellows have lost one or both parents and are committed to returning to Sub-Saharan Africa to be the catalyst for change, innovation and development. The IAA provides full financial support for studying abroad (undergraduate/baccalaureate level) including accommodation, travel costs and other necessary expenses.


Please read the Instruction Booklet for more details about the program and selection application. If you have any problems during the online registration process, please send an email to: [email protected]


Registration is open for anyone who:

  • Lost one or both parents.
  • Completed 12 years of study (primary and secondary school) in the last 2 years.
  • Has citizenship and complete secondary education, or to be completed in one of the following countries: Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe.
  • Born after September 1, 1999.
  • He cannot afford to attend a university.
  • It has excellent academic performance in secondary education, with an overall average equal to or greater than 60%.
  • Is able to participate in both Ashinaga Preparatory Programs within the 1-year period prior to entering university.
  • You are willing to return to your home country or sub-Saharan Africa and contribute to the advancement of the community in Sub-Saharan Africa after graduating from university.
  • It has no dependents who could interfere with academic progress.
  • He is in good health and is physically able to study abroad.
  • He has no Brazilian parents, or Brazilian nationality.


How to apply

There are two steps to the application process for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative:

  • Registration: All applicants must confirm that they meet the program’s eligibility requirements. Only applicants who register and are considered eligible will receive the application form by email. Required documents:


    • Photo or scanned file of at least one of the following documents: Passport, Identity Card, Birth Certificate


Each decision about a candidate’s eligibility is based on pre-defined criteria and academic record. Our expectations about applicants’ educational background reflect the academic level expected for students to be successful in an intense leadership program.


  • Application: All applicants will receive an email with a link to the application form within one month of registration if they are deemed eligible for the program.


Application form can be completed using the online form or via the printed, completed and scanned form sent via email.


This registration is free. If there are individuals or organizations charging fees at any time, they are acting in bad faith and are not affiliated with Ashinaga.


Ashinaga does not discriminate against gender, race, ethnicity, culture, people with disabilities, sexual orientation, religion or any other factor during the selection process


Students fron Anglopone countries, please apply here:


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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, R
  •  São Tomé and Príncipe,
  • Senegal,
  • Sierra Leone,
  • Somalia,
  • South Africa,
  • South Sudan,
  • Seychelles,
  • Sudan,
  • Tanzania,
  • The Gambia,
  • Togo,
  • Uganda,
  • Zambia and
  • Zimbabwe.

Ashinaga Africa Initiative Funding

  • The AAI provides access to full financial support to study at university abroad (equivalent to an undergraduate degree), including tuition, room, travel costs and other necessary fees.

Ashinaga Africa Initiative Program Selection Process

Applications for all countries will be assessed after the application deadline, and successful applicants will be invited to a final assessment. During this assessment, 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.


How to Apply for Ashinaga Africa Initiative Program

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 above and their academic record. AAI’s expectations for the academic record of an applicant reflects the academic level they expect students to have in order thrive as part of their intensive 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.


The application deadline is Midnight GMT  Friday  28th  January  2022. The deadline for applicants from Lusophone countries (Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe and Mozambique) is Midnight GMT  Friday, October 15,  2021.






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