Ashinaga Scholarships for Orphans 2024/2025

Ashinaga Africa Initiative Scholarship For Orphans

Ashinaga Scholarships for Orphans is now open for application. Ashinaga, Japan-based non-profit organization offers scholarships to students from selected African countries to study at the world’s leading universities in countries such as Japan, US, UK etc

Ashinaga Scholarships for Orphans

Ashinaga offers the “Ashinaga Africa Initiative,” which encourages 20 exceptional students from Sub-Saharan African nations, some of which are among the world’s poorest, to pursue higher education and become important players in their own nations.

We look for and evaluate possible applicants, including orphaned or bereaved youngsters who have academic promise but lack the financial means to attend college. In addition, we cover all of their living costs for the four years they spend studying overseas.

We anticipate that these young, educated individuals will return to their home nations and build democratic, contented communities that will provide people with a greater standard of living and high-quality education. This will gradually help to break the cycle of poverty in Sub-Saharan countries.

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Eligible Field of Study

Courses offered at candidate’s choice higher institution

Countries Eligible For Ashinaga Scholarships for Orphans

Angola Ethiopia Mali South Africa
Benin Equatorial Guinea Mauritania South Sudan
Botswana Eritrea Mauritius Seychelles
Burkina Faso Gabon Mozambique Sudan
Burundi Ghana Namibia Tanzania
Cabo Verde Guinea Bissau Niger The Gambia
CAR Guinea Conakry Nigeria Togo
Cameroon Kenya Republic of Congo Uganda
Chad Kingdom of eSwatini Rwanda Zambia
Comoros Lesotho  São Tomé and Príncipe Zimbabwe
Côte d’Ivoire Liberia Senegal  
Djibouti Madagascar Sierra Leone  
DRC Malawi Somalia  

AFDB Japan African Dream Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria For Applicants

All applicants must:

  1. Have lost one or both parents.
  2. Have completed secondary school and received the results of their national secondary school examination (technical and vocational degrees not accepted) within the last two years (any date after 2nd August 2021, including all of 2022 and 2023) or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results before February 28th, 2024.
  3. Be born after 1st September 2000.
  4. Not have the means to attend university abroad without external financial support.
  5. Be proficient in English, French or Portuguese.
  6. Be regularly ranked in the top 10% of their class during their last 2 or 3 years of secondary school.
  7. Be able to participate in the two Ashinaga preparatory programs, over the course of one year, before attending university.
  8. Be committed to return home, or to Sub-Saharan Africa, and contribute to society in Sub-Saharan Africa after graduating from university.
  9. Have no dependents who could interfere with academic progress.
  10. Have a good enough health condition to be able to study abroad.

Value of Ashinaga Scholarship:

The Ashinaga (100-Year Vision) Scholarship provides a full scholarship that covers the cost of tuition, accommodation (during the terms and vacation), insurance, flight, and provides monthly stipend which covers food and necessary academic costs.

Duration of Scholarship: for the entire duration of undergraduate studies

How To Apply For Ashinaga Scholarships

It is important to go through the application instructions in the scholarship website before applying.

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.

List Of Required Documents For Ashinaga Scholarships

This is a list of the documents you will need to submit as part of your application:

  1. Applicant  Registration
  2. Photo or scan of at least one of the following documents; Passport, National ID Card or Birth Certificate
  3. Photo or scan of your most recent High School Term Report/Transcript
  4. Photo or scan of your final High School Examination Results Certificate (if applicable)**
  5. Full Application
  6. Passport style photograph
  7. Passport or National ID Card
  8. Birth certificate of applicant.
  9. Death certificate of deceased parent(s), including the deceased parent’s name, or alternative official documentation proving death of parent(s) or orphan status.
  10. All term reports / secondary school transcripts from the last 2 years.
  11. Final secondary school examination certificate, showing grades in each subject*
  12. A letter of recommendation from a principal or schoolteacher. This should be inclusive of their email address, phone number and must contain information about your performance and character whilst at secondary school.


  1. All recommendation letters should contain an official signature or stamp.
  2. Academic transcripts or other results from university (if applicable).
  3. Certificates for extracurricular activities, training courses, jobs or other commitments (if applicable).
  4. 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.

This application and the selection process are FREE. Any person requesting payment at any stage of the process, does against Ashinaga’s will, and should not be paid.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for English-speaking and French-speaking applications: 20th January, 2024 at 00h. Midnight GMT
The deadline for applicants from Lusophone countries (Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe and Mozambique) is Midnight GMT  Friday  14th October  2024

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