The Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) 2017 Scholarship for Africans

The Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) began in 2014. Its mission is to contribute to Sub-Saharan Africa’s expanding role in global development through increasing access to higher education abroad. We 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.
  1. Have lost one or both parents.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Were born after 1st October 1994.
  5. Do not have the financial means to attend university.
  6. Are proficient in English or Portuguese
  7. Have an outstanding academic performance at high school.
  8. Are able to participate in the two Ashinaga preparatory programs, over the course of one year, before attending university.
  9. Are willing to return home, or to Sub-Saharan Africa, and contribute to society in Sub-Saharan Africa after graduating from university.
  10. Have no dependents who could interfere with academic progress.
  11. Are in good health condition and capable of studying abroad.
Number of Awardees
One per listed country
Scholarship Value
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.
Duration of Scholarship
The support covers the first possible qualification that can be earned (typically three or four years)
Application Instructions
Make sure that you fulfill the AAI Scholarship Award Eligibility Criteria before you apply. To apply, you must fill out an application form and upload supporting documents online. The application deadline is 28th February 2017.


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