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2020 African World Heritage Fund Conservation /Moses Mapesa Research Grant

Application Deadline: July 31st 2020

The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) is an intergovernmental organization created in 2006 to support the effective conservation and promotion of cultural and natural heritage of outstanding universal value in Africa. The main objective of the AWHF is to address the challenges faced by African State Parties in the implementation of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, specifically, the underrepresentation of African sites on the World Heritage List and the insufficient conservation and management of these sites. The AWHF is a category Centre under the auspices of UNESCO. For more information about the activities of AWHF follow this link.

2. Conservation Grants

Each year, AWHF provides conservation grants to African State Parties to implement projects and activities which focus on improving the sustainability and state of conservation of World Heritage

3. Deadline for submission

The deadline for submission – 16.00 (GMT) on 31 July 2020. However, applicants are highly encouraged to submit their proposals prior to the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

B. Call for Applications – Moses Mapesa Research Grant

Closing date: 31 July 2020

The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) is pleased to announce the Moses Mapesa1 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.


The call is open to students who are:

– Currently or will be registered in 2021 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;

– Fluent in English, French or Portuguese;

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

2- Deadline

The complete application package should be sent at the latest on the 31 July 2020 via email to:

Click here to access further information on eligibility and click here for the application forms.

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