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19th February 2021 – Deadline to Register for the Program

1st March 2021 – Deadline to submit application 

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.

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. 



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