Scholarship/Bursary: Ashinaga Africa Initiative 2021 Young Leaders for Africa (Continental)

Ashinaga Africa Initiative 2021 Young Leaders for Africa

Anglophone and Francophone Application


Ashinaga is a Japanese foundation headquartered in Tokyo. We provide financial support and emotional care to young people around the world who have lost either one or both parents. With a history of more than 55 years, our support has enabled more than 110,000 orphaned students to gain access to higher education.

Program Overview

The Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) is an international leadership program that cultivates the

next generation of leaders to contribute to the development of sub-Saharan Africa.

AAI Scholars have lost one or both parents and are committed to returning to sub-Saharan Africa to initiate change, innovation, and development. 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. The program has three stages which are described on the next page. Degree of your choice.

1. Study Camp and Preparation Camp

Ashinaga will select students from each sub-Saharan African country to participate in a Study Camp in Uganda or Senegal from July to December 2021. Anglophone students will normally attend the Camp in Uganda, with Francophone students attending the Camp in Senegal. During the Study Camp, students are assisted in their academic preparation, university applications (to either Japan, the U.K., the U.S.A., or Europe), career planning, and leadership development. After completing the Study Camp, the students will progress to a second camp called Preparation Camp. This happens between April and June 2022, although the dates are subject to confirmation. Students meet again to prepare for the social, cultural, and academic differences they will discover abroad. Students will then proceed to university in August or September of 2022. All of the costs during both camps are fully covered by Ashinaga.

Students who wish to join our Japanese language track, in which they study in the Japanese language at a university in Japan, will follow a similar schedule, however they will focus on intensive Japanese language learning throughout the Study Camp. After the Study Camp, they will move to Japan to spend one or two years at a language school prior to starting their university studies.

2. During University

The AAI helps students access full financial support to study abroad. The support covers the first possible qualification that can be earned, and the costs of a foundation or preparatory course will also be covered if required. Ashinaga has regional offices to support students during studies in Japan, the U.K., the U.S.A., France and Brazil. Scholars will participate in a mandatory internship in their home country or sub-Saharan Africa and join Ashinaga’s leadership development programs. The AAI does not support studies for a second degree or master’s degree.

3. After Graduation

Scholars have the responsibility to return to their home countries or sub-Saharan Africa within four years after graduating and contribute to the country/region while living there for at least one year. They will have to contact Ashinaga during this period to provide information about their activity and residency during this period.


The application is open to those who;

1. Have lost one or both parents.

2. Have completed secondary school and passed national secondary school examination (technical and vocational qualifications not accepted) within the last two years (any date after 1st September 2018, including all of 2019 and 2020) or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results before February 28th, 2021.

3. Have citizenship and have completed/are completing high school in one of the following countries: Eligible Countries (2021)

Anglophone Recruitment (October 2020 – February 2021)

Botswana, Ethiopia, Eritrea, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Kingdom of eSwatini, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius*, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles*, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Francophone Recruitment (October 2020 – February 2021)

Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon*, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea Conakry, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Republic of Congo, Senegal and Togo.

Lusophone Recruitment (August to October 2020)

Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe

Click here for information about the Lusophone Recruitment.

4. Were born after 1st September 1998.

5. Do not have the means to attend university abroad without external financial support.

6. Are proficient in English or French.

7. Are regularly ranked in the top 10% of their class during their last 2 or 3 years of secondary school. Students without strong grades are unlikely to be successful.

8. Are able to participate in the two Ashinaga preparatory programs, over the course of one year, before attending university.

9. Are committed to return home, or to sub-Saharan Africa, and contribute to society in sub-Saharan Africa after graduating from university.

10. Have no dependents who could interfere with academic progress.

11. Have a good enough health condition to be able to study abroad.

How to Apply

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

1. Registration: all applicants must first confirm their eligibility by registering for the program. Only students who register for the program and are deemed eligible (based on criteria/eligibility on previous page) will receive the application form.

2. 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.

There are three ways to register for the program: via online website, via email, or via post. Please choose one method and submit all the correct documents before the deadline. If you choose to apply by post, please ensure you send your registration by January 15th 2021 to guarantee it arrives on time.

We strongly recommend registering and applying online.

Please note that we will communicate with all applicants by email and so you must include an email address when you submit your registration form, even if you register by post.



Fill out the online registration form

• Use the online form:

• Upload the following documents in JPEG / PDF with your registration form

Click HERE to Apply Online



Fill out the paper registration form

• Scan the completed registration form and also the following documents in JPEG / PDF format.

• Send your scanned documents and registration form to:

For Anglophone countries:

For Francophone countries:

Use your name and country as the email title.

Click HERE to download Registration form



Fill out the paper registration form

• Enclose the completed registration form and copies (do not send the original) of the following documents.

• Send your registration and document copies to: Ashinaga Africa Initiative Recruitment Team, P. O. Box 16864 - Kampala, UGANDA

Click HERE to download Registration Form


1. Copy of national ID card or passport.

2. Copy of term reports / high school for your final year of school.

3. Copy of final Secondary School Examination Certificate**

**For students receiving their examination results after February 19th 2021 and before February 28th 2021 we will ask you to send your examination certificate if you are invited to submit the application for the program.



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 death of parent(s) or orphan status.

5. Copy of birth certificate of 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.

Click HERE to apply

Click HERE to download Information Pack

AAI 2021 Application and Program Informa
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