Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) Scholarship 2023 (fully funded)

Deadline: January 20th 2023.

Deadline: January 20th 2023.

Applications for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) Scholarship 2023 are currently open, apply now!

The Ashinaga Africa Initiative is an international leadership program that cultivates the next generation of leaders to contribute to the development of sub-Saharan 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.

The programme has three stages.

Study Camp and Preparation Camp

  • Ashinaga will select students from each subSaharan African country to participate in a Study Camp in Uganda or Senegal from July to December 2023. Anglophone students will normally attend the Camp in Uganda, with Francophone students attending the Camp in Senegal.
  • 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 2024. 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 2024. All 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.

During University

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 also covered if required. Ashinaga has regional office 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 programmes. The AAI does not accept applications from students who wish to study for a second degree or master’s degree.

After Graduation

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.


  • Have lost one or both parents.
  • 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 8th August 2020, including all of 2021 and 2022) or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results before February 28th, 2023
  • Were born after 1st September 2000.
  • Do not have the means to attend university abroad without external financial support.
  • Are proficient in English French, or Portuguese.
  • Regularly ranked in the top 10% of their class during their last 2 or 3 years of secondary school.
  • Can participate in the two Ashinaga preparatory programmes, 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 that could interfere with academic progress.
  • Have a good enough health condition to be able to study abroad.

Eligible countries

  • Have citizenship and have completed/are completing high school in one of the following countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, CAR, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Kingdom of Eswatini, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Seychelles, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • Applicant Registration: all applicants must first confirm their eligibility by registering for the programme. Only students who register for the programme and deemed eligible will receive the application form by email.
  • We strongly recommend applying online. 

Register here

For further information, visit Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) Scholarship 2023 webpage.

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