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Ashinaga Scholarship for Orphans from Sub-Saharan African Countries

Application Deadline: 16th December 2018

Ashinaga Scholarship is currently on. Applications are currently ongoing for the 2018 Ashinaga Fully-funded Scholarships for Orphans from Sub-Saharan Africa. Interested students should see the details below.

About Ashinaga

Ashinaga is a non-profit organization headquartered in Tokyo, Japan that provides educational funding and psychological support to children who have lost one or both guardians, as well as to those whose guardians suffer from serious disabilities. Since its founding in 1993 the organization has raised an estimated $1 billion and has helped over 95,000 students complete high school and/or attend university. Ashinaga also provides residential facilities and psychological support day programs and camps for both younger children and Ashinaga student loan recipients.

Ashinaga Scholarship Details and FAQs

Ashinaga presents the ‘Ashinaga Africa Initiative’ aiming to provide higher education to 20 brilliant students from Sub-Saharan African countries each year, some of which are among the poorest in the world, and encourage them to become leading professionals in their own countries.

We search and screen for potential candidates: orphaned or bereaved students with academic potential but who cannot afford to apply to university. We provide them with a concentrated study camp for six months at Ashinaga’s facility, Kokorojuku, in Uganda and Senegal, where they are given dedicated support and assistance with their study of various subjects and languages, as they prepare to apply to highly ranked universities around the world. We also provide them with a full scholarship and living expenses for four years during their studies abroad.

We expect to see these young, educated people go back to their own countries and establish democratic and fulfilled societies, bringing people a higher national income and high-quality education. This movement will eventually contribute to the overall wellbeing of Sub-Saharan countries by helping to break the cycle of poverty, even though the effects will not be immediate, as they are when food or equipment is donated.

There is a theory that the African population will expand to more than three billion by the end of this century. We believe if we can create a bright future for Africa, a continent with so much potential, humanity’s global prospects will be bright as well.

Ashinaga is offering scholarships to students from select African countries to study for a degree at the world’s leading universities in countries such as Japan, US, UK etc 

Application Deadline: 

16th December 2018

Offered annually? 


Eligible Fields of Study: 

Courses offered at candidate’s choice higher institution

To be taken at (country): 

Higher institutions outside of Africa, in countries such as Japan, US, UK etc

What countries are eligible for the Ashinaga Scholarship?

Botswana, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Kingdom of eSwatini, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

What is the scholarship type?

Undergraduate scholarships

Number of Scholarships: 

Up to 20

What is the value of the 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 the Ashinaga Scholarship: 

For the period of undergraduate studies

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for this scholarship program, applicants must:

  • Have lost one or both parents;
  • Have completed 12 years of education (primary and secondary school) within the last two years;
  • Were born after 1st October, 1996;
  • Have an outstanding academic performance at high school and were amongst the top students in their class;
  • Be willing to return home, or to Sub-Saharan Africa, and contribute to society in Sub-Saharan Africa after graduating from university;
    (See the full requirements)

How to Apply for the Ashinaga Scholarship

There are three ways to apply for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative, although the Program prefers online applications or those sent by email. There is no application fee, and you must never pay anyone to apply or to apply on your behalf.

  • Completed application form
  • Working email address and telephone number
  • Document proving the death of one or both parents, such as a death certificate
  • Proof of age, such as a birth certificate, national ID or passport
  • Secondary school/high school graduation certificate
  • Results from final national exams
  • Academic report cards from the last two years of high school/secondary school
  • Passport-style photo of yourself

It is important to go through the Application instructions in the Scholarship Webpage before applying.

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.

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  • Victor

    late response on application forms request are taking long