Call for Applications – Moses Mapesa Research Grant
About the Programme
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 heritage. The AWHF was launched in
2006 to support African State Parties in implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention of
1972 concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. 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 2020 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 country.
Grant amounts will vary depending on research proposals, with a maximum award of USD 5,000.00.
The fieldwork research needs to be conducted in no longer than 9 months in 2020. The award will
support research projects focused on the following topics related to a World Heritage site or a tentative
listed site in Africa:
• Traditional Management Systems
• Risk management and preparedness
• Heritage conservation, protection and management in conflict and post-conflict situations
• Heritage management and conservation
• Heritage and Climate Change
• Heritage and Economics
• Heritage and Sustainable Development
• Heritage Promotion and Awareness
*Please note that the topic has to be connected to World Heritage (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/) or
tentative listed (http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/) sites in Africa. Please view the links above for
a list of sites per country.
If a student is awarded a grant, they are required to submit a longer research description at the
beginning of the grant (along with proof of registration for the degree) and, at the end, a final report
with the research results or dissertation/thesis at the final stage as well as a financial report. All
documents must be presented in either French, English or Portuguese. Please note that students who do not complete the research within the contractual timeframe will be required to reimburse the grant
to the AWHF.
All applicants should submit the following application package:
1. The completed application form (co-signed by the supervisor);
2. A letter of motivation by the applicant (1 page maximum);
3. Applicant’s updated curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum);
4. Applicant’s current university transcript;
5. Research proposal (2 pages maximum) including the following:
• Full name, affiliated university, country, degree level, title of research and related World
Heritage or tentative listed site;
• Description of research (Goal/objectives, research question/s, relevance, significance,
justification and scope);
• Research methodology (approach, timeframe, analysis);
• Budget (indicate funds from all sources, stating specifically the field work items the grant would
be for with justifications as to the need).
• Declaration signed (by the applicant)
Incomplete applications and applications that do not fulfill all requirements stated above will not be
An inter-disciplinary and cross-regional selection committee will review the applications.
The following items will be strongly considered during selection:
• Eligibility of applicant;
• Completed application package (application form, CV, motivation letter, transcript & complete
• Quality and relevance of the research proposed;
• Gender, language and geographic balance.
Successful applicants will be informed by the 5th August 2020 at the latest.
The complete application package should be sent at the latest on the 30th October 2019 via email to:
For any queries regarding the application process, please email: email@example.com or