How to Apply Ashinaga Africa Orphans Scholarship 2024

How to Apply Ashinaga Africa Initiative Cohort 11| The Ashinaga Africa Initiative portal are now open for young Leaders for Africa, The Ashinaga Africa Initiative is an international leadership program that cultivates the next generation of leaders to contribute to the development of sub-Saharan Africa.  Check on how to apply

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.

The Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) is an international leadership program that supports high-achieving students who lost one or both parents and are committed to returning to sub-Saharan Africa to contribute to the continent’s ongoing socio-economic progress.


  • The AAI provides access to full financial support to study at university abroad (equivalent to an undergraduate degree).


  • Have lost one or both parents.
  • Are citizens of one of the 49 sub-Saharan countries.
  • Have completed 3 years of high school with an excellent academic record, and consistently placed in the top 10% of their class.
  • Do not have the means to attend university without external financial support.
  • Are committed to return to sub-Saharan Africa and use their professional path to contribute to its socio-economic progress.
  • Have no dependents.
  • Have no health conditions that would prevent them from studying abroad successfully.
  • Are able and willing to spend a gap year to complete the full-time Ashinaga Preparation Year curriculum.

Candidate must uploaded a clear, easy to read photo or scan of the requested documents:

  • 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, jobs, or commitments (if applicable).

How to Apply Ashinaga Africa Orphans Scholarship 2024

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

  1. 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 link to the application form by email.
  2. Application: Eligible registered applicants will receive an email with the link to the full application.

Before completing this Registration form, you will need:

  1. Official death certificate of deceased parent or official government affidavit confirming you have lost one or both parents.
  2. Official transcripts from your last THREE years of high school if you are in your third year of high school (two full years and semester grades if available); ALL high school transcripts if you have graduated high school.

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Application Deadline: 19th JANUARY 2024


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