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Ashinaga 2023 Undergraduate Scholarships for African Orphans

Ashinaga presents the “Ashinaga Africa Initiative” aiming to provide higher education to 20 brilliant students from Sub-Saharan African countries each year, some of which are among the poorest in the world, and encourage them to become leading professionals in their own countries.

We search and screen for potential candidates: orphaned or bereaved students with academic potential but who cannot afford to apply to university. We provide them with a concentrated study camp for six months at Ashinaga’s facility, Kokorojuku, in Uganda and Senegal, where they are given dedicated support and assistance with their study of various subjects and languages, as they prepare to apply to highly ranked universities around the world. We also provide them with a full scholarship and living expenses for four years during their studies abroad.

We expect to see these young, educated people go back to their own countries and establish democratic and fulfilled societies, bringing people a higher national income and high-quality education. This movement will eventually contribute to the overall wellbeing of Sub-Saharan countries by helping to break the cycle of poverty, even though the effects will not be immediate, as they are when food or equipment is donated.

There is a theory that the African population will expand to more than three billion by the end of this century. We believe if we can create a bright future for Africa, a continent with so much potential, humanity’s global prospects will be bright as well.

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About Ashinga Africa Initiative

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.... read more


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Ashinaga Undergraduate Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Ashinaga Undergraduate Scholarship

  • The Ashinaga (100-Year Vision) Scholarship provides a full scholarship that covers the cost of tuition, accommodation (during the terms and vacation), insurance, flight, and provides monthly stipend which covers food and necessary academic costs.

Requirements for Ashinaga Undergraduate Scholarship Qualification

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 2020, including all of 2021 and 2022) or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results before February 28th, 2023.
  • Be born after 1st September 2000.
  • 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.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for Ashinaga Undergraduate Scholarship

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. 

Application Deadlines:

  • Deadline for English-speaking and French-speaking applications: 20th January, 2023 at 00h.Midnight GMT
  • The deadline for applicants from Lusophone countries (Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe and Mozambique) is Midnight GMT Friday 14th October 2022 

Documents Required for Application

Scan the required documents below in either PDF or JPG format

  • 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

  • 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,jobsor other commitments (if applicable).


Application Deadline

January 20, 2023


How to Apply

There are three ways to apply for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative, although we prefer online applications. 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.

For more details,visit Ashinaga website


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