Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) Leadership Programme 2022

About Ashinaga

Ashinaga is a non-profit foundation based out of Tokyo, Japan. It was founded by Yoshiomi Tamai after his mother’s premature death in a car accident. The goal of the Ashinaga Foundation is to provide financial and emotional help to youth who have lost one or both of their parents.

Globally, the Foundation has helped more than 110,000 orphaned students so far to complete their education.

Ashinaga Africa is the African arm of the Foundation and provides the same offerings to African youth. The Ashinaga Africa Initiative was founded in 2014. Since then, it has helped thousands of students complete their education.

Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) Leadership Programme 2022

Ashinaga Africa Initiative is an international leadership programme that aims to create the next generation of leaders in the African continent.

With financial and emotional support, AAI aims to transform the lives of students who have lost one or both of their parents.

AAI offers funding to students who have completed or are in the process of completing their high school education. The monetary benefits will go towards covering the cost of undergraduate qualification in any field.

Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) Leadership Programme

Selected students will have the option to study internationally. Ashinaga Foundation will decide the location at the Ashinaga Study Camp, which the student would have to attend. Furthermore, it depends on the academic track record, course availability, language requirements, and visa.

Once selected, the programme will cover the following cost:

  • Tuition cost
  • Accommodation
  • Travel expenses
  • Miscellaneous cost

Eligibility Criteria

To be selected for the AAI leadership programme, students will have to fulfill specific eligibility criteria. Failing to do so will lead to the rejection of your application. Therefore, cross-check with the following eligibility requirements before applying.

  • Must be a citizen of a country that’s eligible for the programme
  • Must have been born after September 1, 1999
  • Must be either orphan or lost one parent
  • Should not have any dependents who may interfere with their studies
  • Must be in good health (to be able to study internationally)
  • Must have either completed secondary school or currently in secondary school
  • Must have received their national secondary school exam results in the last two years. If not, they must be in possession of the final exam results by 28 February 2022 (technical and vocational degrees excluded)
  • Must be willing to pursue an undergraduate degree qualification in any discipline
  • Must be in need of financial assistance to attend university abroad
  • Must be fluent in English, Portuguese, or French
  • Must be placed within the top 10% of the class in their last 2 to 3 years of secondary school
  • Must be willing to participate in two preparatory programmes organized by Ashinaga before the academic session starts
  • Must be willing to return to their home country after four years of completion of the undergraduate degree

The final decision regarding the selection will be taken by AAI. Race, ethnic background, culture, and religious beliefs do not contribute to the selection.

How to Apply?

Eligible students should move forward with the application process.

The first step is to create an account at Ashinaga online portal. That’s how it tracks the applications. So follow the link and register yourself as an applicant. If you already have an account with SurveyMonkey Apply, then you may log in.

Ashinaga will email you the application form within a month of registering. You need to complete the form electronically. While doing so, you may refer to the AAI Application Guidebook for assistance. If you didn’t receive the form, check your spam folder once.

Documents Required

Submit the following documents along with your application:

  • ID document
  • Passport-style photographs
  • Term reports or secondary school transcripts from the last two years
  • Final secondary school certificate (include results for each subject)
  • Recommendation letter from the principal or school teacher who can attest to your academic performance and character (the letter must be stamped or signed and should have their contact details)
  • Academic transcripts or university results, if available
  • Certificate of extracurricular activities
  • Death certificate of parents

Submit all the documents to the said email address.

Closing Date

The last date to apply for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) Leadership Programme is 28 January 2022 for students from South Africa.

*The deadline for applicants from Lusophone countries (Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe and Mozambique) is Midnight GMT  Friday  15th October  2021

Contact Details

For more details, get in touch with AAI at:

Please do NOT contact Ashinaga Foundation if this bursary has already closed. View our other bursaries open for application here: https://allbursaries.co.za/notice/


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