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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. The Ashinaga scholarship under the AAI program provides access to full scholarships to study at university abroad (equivalent to an undergraduate degree), including tuition, room, travel costs and other necessary fees for students that have lost one or both parents.


Please note Ashinaga does NOT support candidates for medical (doctor), dentistry, veterinary science or pharmacy degrees although it does support three or four-year degrees in biomedicine. In addition, candidates wishing to study engineering are welcome to apply but should be aware that we will require particularly strong and relevant high school grades for a successful application.

Ashinaga will select students from each sub-Saharan African country to participate in a Study Camp in Uganda or Senegal from July to December 2021. During the Study Camp, students are assisted in their academic preparation, university applications (to either Japan, the U.K., the U.S.A., or Europe), career planning, and leadership development. After completing the Study Camp, the students will progress to a second camp called Preparation Camp. This happens between April and June 2022, although the dates are subject to confirmation. Students meet again to prepare for the social, cultural, and academic differences they will discover abroad. Students will then proceed to university in August or September of 2022. All of the costs during both camps are fully covered by Ashinaga.

Students who wish to join our Japanese language track, in which they study in the Japanese language at a university in Japan, will follow a similar schedule, however they will focus on intensive Japanese language learning throughout the Study Camp. After the Study Camp, they will move to Japan to spend one or two years at a language school prior to starting their university studies.

Scholars have the responsibility to return to their home countries or sub-Saharan Africa within four years after graduating and contribute to the country/region while living there for at least one year. They will have to contact Ashinaga during this period to provide information about their activity and residency during this period.


The AAI helps students access full financial support to study abroad. The support covers the first possible qualification that can be earned, and the costs of a foundation or preparatory course will also be covered if required. Ashinaga has regional offices to support students during studies in Japan, the U.K., the U.S.A., France and Brazil. Scholars will participate in a mandatory internship in their home country or sub-Saharan Africa and join Ashinaga’s leadership development programs. The AAI does not support studies for a second degree or master’s degree.


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

1. Registration: all applicants must first confirm their eligibility by registering for the program on this website:

2. 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.

Documents which are required when applying are a copy of your national ID or passport, copy of your final term results and high school 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.

There is NO application fee.


1. Have lost one or both parents.

2. Have completed secondary school and passed national secondary school examination (technical and vocational qualifications 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.

3. Citizen of Eswatini and completed their high school in Eswatini

4. Were born after 1st September 1998.

5. Do not have the means to attend university abroad without external financial support.

6. Are proficient in English or French.

7. 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.

8. Are able to participate in the two Ashinaga preparatory programs, over the course of one year, before attending university.

9. Are committed to return home, or to subSaharan Africa, and contribute to society in sub-Saharan Africa after graduating from university.

10. Have no dependents who could interfere with academic progress.

11. Have a good enough health condition to be able to study abroad.

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