Ashinaga Africa Initiative In Anglophone And Francophone Countries In Africa Is Open

Deadline: February 19, 2021

The Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) is an international leadership program that cultivates the next generation of leaders to contribute to the development of sub-Saharan Africa.

AAI Scholars have lost one or both parents and are committed to returning to sub-Saharan Africa to initiate change, innovation, and development. The AAI provides access to full financial support to study at university abroad (equivalent to an undergraduate degree), including tuition, room, travel costs and other necessary fees.

There are two stages to the Ashinaga Africa Initiative application process;  

  • REGISTRATION: all applicant must first confirm the eligibility by registering for the programme. Only students who register for the program and are deemed eligible (based on criteria/eligibility above) will receive the application form.  
  • APPLICATION: all students who register for the programme will receive an email with a link to the application form within 1 month of their registration if they are eligible for the programme.  

We strongly recommend registering and applying online. However, if this is not possible you can also apply using our paper application form. This form can be downloaded here. Please also read the programme and application information documentclick here. 

REQUIREMENTS (2021)

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 1st September 2018, including all of 2019 and 2020) or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results before February 28th, 2021. 
  • Have citizenship and have completed/are completing high school in one of the following countries: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, CAR, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Kingdom of eSwatini, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sénégal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Seychelles, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  
  • Were born after 1st September 1998.  
  • Do not have the means to attend university abroad without external financial support. 
  • Are proficient in English or French. 
  • Are regularly ranked in the top 10% of their class during their last 2 or 3 years of secondary school. Students without strong grades are unlikely to be successful.  
  • Are able to participate in the two Ashinaga preparatory programs, over the course of one year, before attending university. 
  • Are committed to return home, or to Sub-Saharan Africa, and contribute to society in Sub-Saharan Africa after graduating from university. 
  • Have no dependents who could interfere with academic progress. 
  • Have a good enough health condition to be able to study abroad. 
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (2021)
  • REGISTRATION  
    • Copy of national ID card or passport.  
    • Copy of term reports / high school for your final year of school.  
    • Copy of final Secondary School Examination Certificate**  

**For students receiving their examination results after February 19th 2021 and before February 28th 2021 we will ask you to send your examination certificate if you are invited to submit the application for the program.   

  • APPLICATION  
    • Copy of all term reports / high school transcripts from the last 2 years.  
    • Copy of final Secondary School Examination Certificate (if you did not submit it with your registration form) 
    • Copy of academic transcripts / diplomas from university / post-secondary institution, (if applicable).  
    • Copy of 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.  
    • Copy of birth certificate of the applicant.  
    • Copies of certificates for extracurricular activities, training courses, jobs or commitments (if applicable).  
    • A letter of recommendation from a principal or school teacher. 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.  

Note: All documents must be submitted in French or English if possible. Use the Gregorian (Western) calendar to fill in the application.

SELECTION

Successful applicants will be invited to an assessment day in April 2021 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

ANGLOPHONE RECRUITMENT

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.
FRANCOPHONE RECRUITMENT

Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon*, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea Conakry, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Republic of Congo, Senegal and Togo.

*As these countries have French and English as its official languages, applicants can apply to either the Anglophone or Francophone program. However, this does not guarantee multiple seats on the AAI will be provided.

HOW TO APPLY FOR ANGLOPHONE AND FRANCOPHONE 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.

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.

OnlineEmailPost
Step 1Gather all the required documents, except for the form.Download the registration form.Download the registration form or ask for the form from your local Japanese embassy.
Step 2Scan the required documents in either PDF or JPG format.Print the registration form and fill it out.Print the registration form and fill it out.
Step 3Register online using the online form.Scan the completed form and the other required documents in either PDF or JPG format.Make photocopies of your completed form and all other required documents
Step 4Registration completeFor Anglophone countries, email your scanned documents to: [email protected]For Francophone countries, email your scanned documents to: [email protected]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, UGANDADo not send original documents, copies only.
Step 5Registration completeRegistration complete

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For more information visit the official webpage of Ashinaga Africa Initiative Program

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