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.
How to Apply
Applications for Cohort 9 (2022) Ashinaga Africa Initiative are now open. Please note that applying for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative is a long process, and you will not receive the results until the end of May 2022.
There are two stages to the Ashinaga Africa Initiative application process;
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 application form by email.
Each decision about an applicant’s eligibility is based on the criteria outlined previously and their academic record. Our expectations for the academic record of an applicant reflects the academic level we expect students to have in order thrive as part of our intensive academic leadership program.
Application: all students who register for the program will receive an email with a link to the application form within 1 month of their registration if they are eligible for the program.
Applicant Registration Deadline: Midnight GMT Friday 28th January 2022*
*Applications from Lusophone countries (Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe and Mozambique) closed on October 15th 2021.
This is a list of the documents you will need to submit as part of your application:
Applicants must have citizenship and have completed/are completing high school in one of the following countries:
|Selection Process (2022)||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.|
How to Apply for the AAI
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.