Scholarship Overview

  • Country: Japan
  • Scholarship Type: Fully Funded  for Orphaned young people
  • Institutions: N/S
  • Funded by: Ashinaga Africa Initiative
  • Tuition Type: Full tuition
  • Degree Program: Undergraduate Degree
  • Scholarship Amount: Tuition, accommodation, travel costs, and others
  • Separate Application Required?: Yes
  • Deadline: January 12, 2024
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Scholarship Benefits

  • Stipend Amount: Full tuition
  • Accommodation: Full accommodation provided
  • Living Stipend: Monthly allowance
  • Travel cost: Covered
  • Other fees: Fully covered

 Review the Offer Closely: Ensure all details like the tuition and accommodation, duration and conditions meet your needs.

Initiated in 2014, the Ashinaga Africa Initiative strives to enhance sub-Saharan Africa’s contribution to worldwide progress by broadening opportunities for higher education overseas. The program is dedicated to assisting orphans who pledge to return to their homelands to drive transformation, offering them comprehensive financial backing to pursue university-level education abroad. Ashinaga’s assistance encompasses all essential expenses, including tuition, living accommodations, transportation, and various mandatory fees.

Find full list of scholarships in Japan for international students here.


Eligibility criteria for applicants include:

  • Being orphaned of one or both parents.
  • Recent completion of secondary education, with results from national exams obtained within the last two years (post-August 1, 2021), including all of 2022 and 2023, or set to complete and receive final results before February 9, 2024 (technical and vocational degrees are excluded).
  • Birthdate must fall on or after September 1, 2001.
  • Lacking financial capacity for university education abroad without external aid.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English, French, or Portuguese.
  • Consistent academic performance in the top 10% of their class during the final 2 or 3 years of secondary school.
  • Availability to engage in two Ashinaga preparatory programs spanning one year before commencing university studies.
  • A commitment to returning to their home country or Sub-Saharan Africa to contribute to the region’s development post-graduation.
  • Absence of dependents that could hinder academic endeavors.
  • Adequate health status for studying abroad.

How to apply

Applicants are required to be citizens of any of the listed sub-Saharan African countries (see full list here) and must have either completed or be in the process of completing their high school education in their home country.

To apply, you will have to provide the following documents:

Applicant Registration Requirements:

  • A photo or scanned copy of at least one identification document, such as a Passport, National ID Card, or Birth Certificate.
  • A photo or scanned image of your most recent High School Term Report/Transcript.
  • A photo or scanned copy of your final High School Examination Results Certificate, if available.

*Note: For students receiving examination results in February 2024, please submit your examination certificate promptly after receipt.

Full Application Submission Must Include:

  • A passport-style photo of the applicant.
  • A copy of the applicant’s Passport or National ID Card.
  • The applicant’s Birth Certificate.
  • Death certificate(s) of deceased parent(s) with the name included, or other official documentation proving the death of parent(s) or orphan status.
  •  All term reports/secondary school transcripts from the past two years.
  • The final secondary school examination certificate detailing grades in each subject.
  • A recommendation letter from a principal or schoolteacher including their email address and phone number, which discusses your performance and character during secondary school; the letter must have an official signature or stamp.
  • ·Academic transcripts or other university results, if already attending university.
  • Certificates of participation in extracurricular activities, training courses, employment, or other commitments, as applicable.

Steps to apply

Application can be sent online, via email or through post.

For online submission:

Step 1:

Check your eligibility by ensuring that you have all the required document and that you have proof showing that you have lost one or both parents.  

Step 2:

Ensure that all necessary documents are scanned and saved in either PDF or JPG format.

Step 3:

Go online to apply

Step 4:

Application process is complete

For email and post procedure, please see the official website below for directions.

Additional Information

Before Accepting an Offer:

Applicants must carefully review the Scholarship Benefits and Conditions document.

 This outlines all terms, requirements, and policies scholars must agree to.

Be aware that any documents sent by mail for the application will not be returned. Hence, you should only send photocopies of your documents, not the originals.

Official Websites