Call for Applications, World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2018 in Manama, Bahrain

Deadline: 31 March 2018, at 23:59 CET (Bahrain)
Open to:  young professionals between the ages of 23 to 30 with at least one year experience in the field of either Cultural or Natural heritage
Venue: 17 – 26 June 2018 in Manama, Bahrain


As an integral part of the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee, and in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities will host the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2018 under the theme of ‘Protecting Heritage in an Ever-Changing World’ from 17 to 26 June 2018 in Manama (Bahrain).

The Forum aims to transmit the values of World Heritage, highlighting the potential that World Heritage education may have for facilitating sustainable development. It is addressed to young professionals who will be invited to reflect upon the complexity of preserving heritage in a constantly evolving world with the help of international experts.

At the end of the Forum, a Declaration to convey the message of the young professionals to the international community will be produced and presented to the World Heritage Committee.


Participants of the Youth Forum will come from different heritage fields and countries and must be specifically interested in World Heritage. Thirty participants will be selected to take part in this year’s forum taking into account gender equality and regional representation. Applications can be sent through the UNESCO National Commissions or other respective governmental institutions, or directly from the applicants to the organizer.

Applicants should be recent young professionals between the ages of 23 to 30 with at least one year experience in the field of either Cultural or Natural heritage. We accept a wide range of backgrounds including but not limited to archaeology, architecture, conservation, urban planning & regeneration, restoration, art history, lawyers, heritage managers.

The working language of the Forum is English. A good knowledge of English is essential, for the benefit of the individual participants and the development of the forum.

Basic computer skills will be required to collaborate to draft the final declaration and a small exhibition about the Forum itself. Handwork and visits requires a good physical condition due to the climate of the region.


All travel and accommodation costs for the selected participants will be covered by the Kingdom of Bahrain- for the duration of the forum. The organizers will assist in the travel preparations (including visas) and bookings. If any participant wishes to extend their stay until the end of the Committee session, all related costs should be covered by the participant with the consent of the State Party concerned.

This information should be communicated to the organizers in advance to make the necessary arrangements.


Please note that candidates should attach their CV, as well as a document of endorsement signed by a supervisor and their own signature (e.g. professional supervisor, university professor etc.). Please make sure that you include all the required information in the application form and you attach the requested documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2018, at 23:59 CET (Bahrain) time.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions about the Forum or if you encounter any difficulties with the application process, kindly contact the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities at the following email

The official web-page.