About AWHF and WHIPIC:

The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) is an inter-governmental organisation launched in South Africa in 2006 by UNESCO and the African Union with a primary mission to support the effective implementation of the World Heritage Convention on the African continent through providing assistance to African State Parties. The International Centre for the Interpretation and Presentation of World Heritage Sites (WHIPIC) was launched in 2022 in Sejong City, the Republic of Korea, by UNESCO and the Korean government to enhance the recognition and understanding of World Heritage interpretation and presentation throughout the globe through research, capacity-building, and information sharing. In June 2023, AWHF and WHIPIC, both category 2 centres under the auspices of UNESCO, have established a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation particularly in capacity development within the framework of the World Heritage Convention in Africa, Asia and the Pacific Region.

About the Programme:

The AWHF and WHIPIC invite African heritage professionals to apply for the International Fellowship Programme on Heritage Interpretation and Presentation. This three-months programme offers professionals in mid/high-level positions within their organizations who are dedicated to promoting understanding and appreciation for World Heritage a unique opportunity to enhance their skills in heritage interpretation and presentation.


The fellowship programme will run for three months, starting from May to July 2024.

 Eligibility Criteria:

Fellow will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Applicants must have a minimum of Master’s degree in the field of heritage or other relevant related disciplines.
  • Demonstrated experience or interest in heritage interpretation, communication, or presentation.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in the implementation of World Heritage Convention in Africa.
  • Editorial experience and having publications in the field of heritage is an added advantage.
  • Hold a mid/high-level position within your organization.
  • Proficiency in English (spoken and written).
  • Applicants must be able to commit to the full duration of the fellowship programme.


Selected fellow will receive:

  • Monthly stipend of approximately 1,450 USD or 2,000,000 KRW.
  • Fully funded round-trip airfare (in economy class) and housing for three months in Sejong, Republic of Korea.
  • Gain hands-on experience in heritage interpretation and presentation through collaborative work with international experts and professionals in the field.
  • Opportunity to network with peers from around the world.


During the fellowship program, fellow will:

  • Engage in research projects on topics related to heritage interpretation and presentation.
  • Coordinate the editorial work for a publication of on World Heritage interpretation and presentation in Africa.
  • Develop and implement projects aimed at promoting interpretation and presentation of World Heritage Sites.
  • Attend workshops, seminars, and site visits to gain practical skills and insights into heritage interpretation and presentation practices.
  • Present research findings, project proposals, and work-in-progress to peers and external stakeholders.
  • Participate in networking events, social gatherings, and cultural activities to build connections and collaborations within the heritage community.
  • Fellow will be required to submit final reports on the activities and achievements throughout the fellowship program.

 Application Process:

  • Interested candidates should complete the online application form available on from this link: Click HERE.
  • Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae (CV) highlighting their relevant experience and qualifications.
  • A brief statement of interest (maximum 500 words) outlining why you are interested in participating in the fellowship programme and how it aligns with your career goals.

 Deadline for Applications:

The deadline for submitting applications is 19th April 2024. Late applications will not be considered.

 Selection Process:

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee based on the eligibility criteria and the quality of the submitted materials.

 Contact Information:

For inquiries or further information, please contact the Precious Mothiba at the African World Heritage Fund on preciousm@dbsa.org.