Ashinaga Africa Initiative Scholarship for Undergraduate Students 2021

Applications are currently open for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative Scholarship for Undergraduate Students who are orphans for the 2021/22 academic year.

The mission of this scholarship is to contribute to Sub-Saharan Africa’s expanding role in global development through increased access to higher education abroad. Over time the Ashinaga movement extended its financial and emotional support to students who had been orphaned by other causes, including illness, natural disaster, and suicide.

This expansion included offering residential facilities to enable financially disadvantaged students to attend universities in the more expensive metropolitan areas. Around this time Ashinaga also expanded its summer programs, or tsudoi, at which Ashinaga students could share their experiences amongst peers who had also lost parents.

Worth of Award

  • Ashinaga support covers tuition, accommodation, travel costs, and other necessary fees.


Applicants must be

  • born after September 1st, 1999.
  • proficient in English, French , or Portuguese.
  • regularly ranked in the top 10% of their class during their last 2 or 3 years of secondary school.
  • able to participate in the two Ashinaga preparatory programs, over the course of one year, before attending university.
  • committed to returning home, or to Sub-Saharan Africa, and contribute to society in Sub-Saharan Africa after graduating from university.

Applicants must also have

  • lost one or both parents.
  • a good enough health condition to be able to study abroad.
  • no dependents who could interfere with academic progress.
  • 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 August 2nd,2019, including all of 2020 and 2021) or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results before February 28th, 2022.
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Similarly, applicants must not have the means to attend university abroad without external financial support.

Eligible Countries

Applicants for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative Scholarship must have citizenship and have completed/are completing high school in one of the following countries:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, CAR,
 Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Kingdom of eSwatini, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Seychelles, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Uganda, Zambia , and Zimbabwe.

How to Apply

  • 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).

You also need

  • Death certificate of deceased parent(s), including the deceased parent’s name, or alternative official documentation proving the 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 the university (if applicable).
  • Certificates for extracurricular activities, training courses, jobs, or other commitments (if applicable).
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Deadline: The applicant registration deadline is Midnight GMT  Friday,  January  28th, 2022. The deadline for applicants from Lusophone countries (Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe and Mozambique) is Midnight GMT  Friday, October 15th, 2021


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