Deadline: February 28, 2017
The 2017 Ashinaga Africa Initiative scholarship application is now open! The Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) began in 2014 with the mission to contribute to Sub-Saharan Africa’s expanding role in global development through 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 university abroad (equivalent to undergraduate degree), including tuition, room, travel cost and other necessary fees.
The AAI helps students access full financial support to study abroad that covers the costs of tuition, accommodation, insurance, flights, and provides a monthly stipend which covers necessary academic costs and food.
The costs of a foundation or preparatory course will also be covered if required for the student to be admitted or properly prepared for their degree, or if the academic qualifications in the student’s country are not recognized in the potential country of study.
Have lost one or both parents.

Have completed 12 years of education (primary and secondary school) within the last two years, or those who will complete 12 years of education by December 31, 2016.

Have citizenship and completed/are completing high school in one of the following countries: Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Sudan, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mauritius, Somalia, Nigeria, The Gambia, Mozambique, Cabo Verde, Angola, Guinea-Bissau

Were born after 1st October 1994.

Do not have the financial means to attend university.

Are proficient in English or Portuguese

Have an outstanding academic performance at high school.

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

Are willing 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. 11. Are in good health condition and capable of studying abroad.

There are three ways to apply for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative. Please choose one method and submit all the correct documents before the deadline. Applying either by email or online is strongly recommended.
By Email: Download the PDF form, fill it out and send it back attached to an email to with the required documents attached.

Online application:

Application (English)

Application (Portuguese)

By Post: Download the form from the PDF icon below , fill it out and send it by post to;

Ashinaga Africa Initiative Recruitment Team

P. O. Box 16864 – Kampala, Uganda

If you have inquiries regarding the application, please contact
For more information, visit Ashinaga Africa Initiative Scholarship.
Application Documents
Application form

One passport photo

Copy of term reports / high school transcripts (the last 2 years)

Academic transcripts or diplomas from university/post-secondary institution, if applicable

Copy of General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)

Completion of essay 1 and essay 2, see below

Copy of death certificate of deceased parent(s) or alternative official document

Copy of birth certificate

Recommendation letter from a principal or a class teacher

Copy of national ID card or passport

Awards or activity certificates, if any

If you have inquiries regarding the application, please contact