Apply for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative 2020 for Anglophone countries

Applications for the 2020 Ashinaga Africa Initiative for Anglophone countries are currently open .

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 secondary school and passed national secondary school examination (technical and vocational degrees not accepted) within the last two years (any date after 1 st  September 2017, including all of 2018 and 2019) or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results  before February 28 th , 2020.  
  • Were born after 1st September, 1997;
  • Have an outstanding academic performance at high school and were amongst the top students in their class;
  • Be committed to returning 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

This is a list of the documents you will need to submit as part of your application.

  • Copy of birth certificate of applicant.
  • 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.
  • Copy of national ID card or passport.
  • Copy of term reports / high school transcripts (from the last 2 years).
  • Copy of final Secondary School Examination Certificate*
  • Copy of academic transcripts or diplomas from university/post-secondary institution, if applicable.

* For students receiving their examination results after December 13th, 2019 and before February 28th, 2020 we will ask you to send your examination certificate if you are selected to progress to the second round of the application process


Applications for Anglophone countries are open between 2 nd  September – 13 th  December 2019 . Successful applicants will be invited to a second application round in late January which will be open between 28th January – 28th February 2020. 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 2020 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

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

How to apply for Anglophone Recruitment

There are three ways to apply for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative, although we prefer online applications or those sent by email. There is no application fee, and you must never pay anyone to apply or to apply on your behalf. Applications are now open.

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.

  Online Email Post
Step 1 Gather all the required documents, except for the application form. Download the application form; Click here for the English form .

Click here for the French form .

Download the application form.or ask for the form from your local Japanese embassy.
Step 2 Scan the required documents in either PDF or JPG format. Print the application form and fill it out. Print the application form and fill it out.
Step 3 Apply online Scan the completed application form and the other required documents in either PDF or JPG format. Make photocopies of your completed application form and all other required documents
Step 4 Application complete For Anglophone countries, email your scanned documents to: For Francophone countries, email your scanned documents to:

Use your name and country as the email title.

Send all photocopies to the following address:Ashinaga Africa Initiative Recruitment Team P. O. Box 16864 – Kampala, UGANDA

Do not send original documents, copies only.

Step 5 Application complete Application complete

Application process

Step English & French Portuguese  
Applications open September 2nd, 2019 6 July 2019
Applications close December 13th, 2019 30 September 2019
Second stage of application begins January 28th 2020
Second stage of application ends February 28th, 2020
Document screening March 2020 October 2019
Final decision Late May 2020 Mid-January 2020
Notification and acceptance Late May 2020 End of February 2020
Preparation / Health check June 2020 March 2020
Start of Study Camp Early July 2020 May 2020

Online Application Form

Applications for the 2020 Ashinaga Africa Initiative for Anglophone countries are currently open :


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