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Ashinaga Africa Initiative 2017

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.

Sponsor: Ashinaga

Award Restrictions

Applicants for this award must meet the following criteria:

Host CountriesUnited States, United Kingdom, Japan, Ireland and Brazil
Nationality RequiredZimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Swaziland, South Africa, Somalia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Namibia, Mozambique, Mauritius, Malawi, Lesotho, Kenya, Guinea-Bissau, Ghana, The Gambia, Ethiopia, Cape Verde and Angola
Other CriteriaEligibility: 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.

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Award Specifications

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AmountFull financial support for undergraduate study
Number of AwardsOne per country
Deadline28 February 2017. Visit
IncludesCovers 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.

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