Moses Mapesa Research Grants for African Doctoral and Masters Students

Moses Mapesa Research Grants for African Doctoral and Masters Students.

Moses Mapesa Research Grants for African Doctoral and Masters Students

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

This research grant seeks to further research (particularly supporting fieldwork) on World Heritage and tentative listed sites in Africa.

Grant Support

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 from the signature of the contract.

The award will support research projects focused on the following topics related to a World Heritage or a tentative listed site in Africa:


  • Traditional Management Systems;
  • Risk management and preparedness;
  • Heritage in Conflict and Post-conflict situations;
  • Heritage management and conservation;
  • Heritage and Climate Change;
  • Heritage and Economics/Entrepreneurship;
  • Heritage and Sustainable Development;
  • Heritage Promotion and Awareness;
  • Heritage and Digital Technologies;
  • Heritage and Law.Grant Requirements

    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.

    Eligibility Criteria

    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.Apply by 31st July.


    For more information and application details, see; Moses Mapesa Research Grants for African Doctoral and Masters Students

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