Call for Ashinaga Initiative Scholarships for Africa

The Ashinaga Initiative for Africa (AII) is an international leadership program aimed at developing the next generation of leaders who can contribute to the development of sub-Saharan Africa.

IAA Scholars are students who have lost one or both parents and are committed to returning home, or at least to sub-Saharan Africa, to spark change, innovation and development there. The IAA provides access to full financial support to study at the university internationally, including tuition, accommodation, travel and other necessary costs. The program consists of three phases that are described below.

1. Study Camp and Preparatory Camp

Ashinaga selects students from each sub-Saharan African country to participate in a Study Camp in Uganda or Senegal from July to December 2023. In principle, students from English-speaking countries go to Uganda, while students from French-speaking countries They travel to Uganda. Senegal. During Study Camp: Students will receive assistance with academic preparation, university applications (in Japan, UK, US, or Europe), career planning, and developing their leadership skills. At the end of December, students are supposed to return to their various home countries to take care of the last necessary administrative paperwork, among other things. From April to June 2024 they will participate in a second camp, called Camp Préparatoire. During this camp, students will be prepared for the social, cultural and academic differences they will discover when going to study abroad. They will start their higher education in August or September 2024 depending on the university and the host country. All costs related to this preparatory year are borne by Ashinaga.

japanese course : Students who wish to study at a university in Japan in Japanese follow a similar program, but their preparation will also focus on intensive Japanese language learning during the preparatory year. Once in Japan, they continue to study Japanese for one or two years at a language school, before beginning their university studies.

2. During postgraduate studies

The IAA offers students full financial support to study internationally. The scholarship covers the expenses of the first degree to which the student is entitled*. Ashinaga has offices to support students during their studies in Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and France. Fellows must also participate in a mandatory internship in their home country or in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as Ashinaga activities that promote their personal and professional development. Please note that Ashinaga does not accept initial applications from students pursuing a second or master’s degree*.

*Students in France, having obtained their first degree within the framework of the IAA, have the possibility of requesting the financing of the Master and thus continue their studies as a scholarship holder, after studying the file by the Ashinaga France office.

3. After graduation

By becoming an IAA Scholar, Scholars commit to return to their home country or a country in the sub-Saharan African region within four years of graduation to contribute to the development of the country or region, residing there for at least one year. To do this, fellows are required to keep in touch with Ashinaga to establish their activity and place of residence during this period.

The application for the IAA 2023 is open to students who meet the following conditions:

  • They have lost their father, their mother or both.
  • Have completed their secondary cycle and have obtained their baccalaureate (technical, technological and professional baccalaureates are not accepted) after the August 2nd 2020in 20twenty-onein 2022 or you will get it before Feb 28, 2023.
  • Have citizenship and have completed or will complete their secondary education in one of the following countries: Angola, South Africa, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Eritrea, EswatiniEthiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, GuineaConakry, Guinea mequatorial, Republic of Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mauritania, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda againstCentral African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Lmeone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Chad, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • Born after September 1, 2000.
  • Not having the financial capacity to study at university until obtaining a first degree.
  • Fluency in French, English or Portuguese.
  • Have been consistently ranked top of the class for the last three years of high school. Students with a grade below 12/20 in high school have limited chances of being admitted.
  • You can participate in both preparatory programs forashinaga, that take place during a year, before the entrance to the university.
  • They are committed to returning home or to sub-Saharan Africa to actively contribute to African society after graduation.
  • have no one their burden that interferes with the pursuit of their studies.
  • They are in good health and can study internationally.

The Ashinaga Initiative for Africa application process consists of two stages:

  1. Registration: All IAA candidates must first confirm their eligibility by registering. Only students who enroll in the program and are deemed eligible will receive the application form, which will allow them to proceed to the next stage. Any decision on an applicant’s eligibility will be based on the above criteria as well as the applicant’s academic record. We expect candidates to achieve academic results that reflect a high enough level to follow the intensive preparatory year without any problem.
  2. Application: Within one month from the date of registration, candidates deemed eligible will receive an email with a link to complete their application.

We strongly recommend that you apply online.

Stage 1
Create a new account by clicking the “Sign Up” button at the top of this page.

2nd step
You will receive an email (check your spam/junk box) with instructions on how to start your registration.

Step 3
Complete your eligibility profile to confirm that you are eligible for the program.

Step 4
Follow the instructions to complete the candidate registration form.

  • Record
    • Photo or scanned copy at least one of the following documents : national identity document, passport or birth certificate.
    • A photo or scanned copy of the most recent school report/transcript from your senior year in high school (last quarter or semester, or the annual transcript)
    • A photo or scanned copy of the baccalaureate passing certificate or any other proof of completion of secondary studies (if applicable**)

*Candidates whose final secondary school (baccalaureate) results will not be available until February 2023 must submit their results upon receipt of the certificate of achievement.

NOTE: All documents must be submitted in English or French. If the documents are not provided in either of these two languages, the candidate must have them translated by an official body.

We strongly encourage you to apply online using this portal. However, if this is not possible, you can also register using our paper application form. After downloading and completing the form, you will need to submit the scanned form and all required documents to

Deadline: January 20, 2023 at midnight.

This application and selection process is FREE. Anyone who requests a payment at any stage of the process is doing so against Ashinaga’s wishes and should not be paid.

Please read candidate guide for complete program details and for support with your application.

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