The Ashinaga Africa Initiative invites applications from Africans who are orphans, having lost one or both parents for a scholarship to study abroad in the 2018/2019 academic year.
This scholarship began in 2014. Its mission is to contribute to Sub-Saharan Africa’s expanding role in global development through increased 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). Ashinaga support covers tuition, accommodation, travel costs, and other necessary fees.

There are two rounds of recruitment to correspond with the differences in timing for the application procedures of English-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, and French-speaking universities.

Worth of Award

  • 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.

Eligibility
Applicants must:

  • Be an orphan, having lost one or both parents
  • Be 23 or younger, having been born after October 1, 1995
  • Have graduated high school within the past two years
  • Be committed to returning to Sub-Saharan Africa once they have finished their studies abroad
Required Documents
  • Completed application form
  • Working email address and telephone number
  • Document proving the death of one or both parents, such as a death certificate
  • Proof of age, such as a birth certificate, national ID or passport
  • Secondary school/high school graduation certificate
  • Results from final national exams
  • Academic report cards from the last two years of high school/secondary school
  • Recommendation letter from a principal or teacher
  • Passport-style photo of yourself
  • Both essays described below

Essays: Please type/write using a separate sheet of paper. If you choose to handwrite your essays, please write in print and with black ink. Essays written with pencils will not be accepted.

  • Essay 1: Please describe how you grew up and experienced losing your parent(s). What challenges have you faced after the loss of your parent(s) and what have you done in order to overcome them? Please write in detail, especially the actions you took to continue and further your education. (Maximum 500 words)
  • Essay 2: Please describe the goals you wish to achieve after graduating from university abroad. Outline how the skills and knowledge you gain from a university degree would help you reach your goals when you return to Sub-Saharan Africa. (Maximum 500 words)

Remember that these essays are personal—they are about you and so should only be written by you. Ashinaga is interested in how you make the most of what is available to you.

Eligible Countries
  • Anglophone and Lusophone: Angola, Botswana, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
  • Francophone: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Gabon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, and Togo

How to Apply

  • There are three ways to apply for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative, although they 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.
  • Check this on the link below.

Deadline: applications close February 25, 2018

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