Moses Mapesa Education and Research Grant

Moses Mapesa Education and Research Grant

Moses Mapesa Education and Research Grant – The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) is pleased to announce the Moses Mapesa Education and Research Grant to support African Doctoral and Masters Students in the field of natural and cultural heritage. The AWHF was launched in 2006 in South Africa to support African State Parties in implementation of the UNESCO Convention of 1972 concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Please view our website ( ) for full information. This research grant seeks to further research (particularly supporting fieldwork) on World Heritage and tentative listed sites in Africa.

Benefits of Moses Mapesa Education and Research Grant

Grant amounts will vary depending on research proposals, with a maximum award of USD Five Thousand (5,000.00). The fieldwork research needs to be conducted in no longer than 9 months from the signature of the contract (May 2024 to February 2025). The award will support research projects focused on the following topics related to a World Heritage or a tentative listed site in Africa:

1. Traditional Management Systems;

2. Risk management and preparedness;

3. Heritage in Conflict and Post-conflict situations;

4. Heritage management and conservation;

5. Heritage and Climate Change;

6. Heritage and Economics/Entrepreneurship;

7. Heritage and Sustainable Development;

8. Heritage Promotion and Awareness;

9. Heritage and Digital Technologies;

0. Heritage and Law.

Qualification Requirements

The call is open to students who are:

1. Currently or will be registered in 2024 in a Doctoral or Masters programme (Masters 2 for Francophone countries) at an African university and conducting
dissertation research in the field of either natural or cultural heritage at an African World Heritage Site;

2. Fluent in English, French or Portuguese;

3. Citizens of an African Union Member State which is party to the World Heritage Convention.

Interview Date, Process and Venue

Selection process

An inter-disciplinary and cross-regional selection committee will review the applications. The following items will be strongly considered during selection:

1. Eligibility of applicant;

2. Completed application package (application form, CV, motivation letter, transcript and complete research

3. Quality and relevance of the research proposed;

4. Gender, language and geographic balance.

How To Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) on to apply

All applicants should submit the following application package:

1. The completed application form online;

2. A letter of support from university motivation signed and stamped by supervisor/relevant authority;

3. Applicant’s updated curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum);

4. Applicant’s current university transcript;

5. Research proposal (2 pages maximum) including the following:

1. Full name, affiliated university, country, degree level, title of research and related World Heritage or tentative listed site;

2. Description of research (Goal/objectives, research question/s, relevance, significance, justification
and scope);

3. Research methodology (approach, timeframe, analysis);

4. Bibliography;

5. Budget (indicate funds from all sources, stating specifically the field work items the grant would be for with justifications as to the need).

Incomplete applications and applications that do not fulfill all requirements stated above will not be considered.

For more details, visit AWHF website on

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