Ashinaga Africa Initiative for Students in Anglophone and Francophone Countries 2020

Ashinaga Africa Initiative for Students in Anglophone and Francophone Countries 2020

Applications are open for interested and suitably qualified candidates for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative for Students in Anglophone and Francophone Countries 2020. The full application details for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative Programme can be accessed below.

Ashinaga Africa Initiative Programme

Ashinaga established the Ashinaga Africa Initiative in 2014 with the aim of contributing to Sub-Saharan Africa’s long-term development by empowering a generation of future leaders. Their students receive an international university education, comprehensive support throughout their studies, and the means to return home and be agents of positive change.

Applications are open for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative 2020 for Anglophone and Francophone countries. The mission of the initiative is to contribute to Sub-Saharan Africa’s expanding role in global development by increasing 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.


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 September 1 2017, including all of 2018 and 2019) or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results before February 28, 2020. 
  • Were born after September 1, 1997;
  • Have an outstanding academic performance at high school and were amongst the top students in their class;
  • Be committed to returning home, or to Sub-Saharan Africa, and contribute to society in Sub-Saharan Africa after graduating from university.
Eligible Countries
  • Anglophone Countries: 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 Countries: 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.


The following are documents you will need to submit as part of your application.

  • Copy of birth certificate of applicant.
  • Copy of death certificate of deceased parent(s), including the deceased parent’s name, or alternative official documentation proving death of parent(s) or orphan status.
  • Copy of national ID card or passport.
  • Copy of term reports / high school transcripts (from the last 2 years).
  • Copy of final Secondary School Examination Certificate*
  • Copy of academic transcripts or diplomas from university/post-secondary institution, if applicable.

* For students receiving their examination results after December 13, 2019 and before February 28, 2020, they will ask you to send your examination certificate if you are selected to progress to the second round of the application process

How to Apply

Interested applicants should CLICK HERE to apply.

For more information, visit the Ashinaga Africa Initiative.

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