World Trade Organisation (WTO) is inviting applications from young economists for WTO Essay Award  to submit essays to promote high-quality research on trade policy and international trade co-operation and to reinforce the relationship between the WTO and the academic community. The annual WTO Essay Award provides a prize of CHF 5000 to the author(s) of the winning essay. In the case of a co-authored paper, the prize will be equally divided among the authors.

Important Dates

  • Essay submission deadline: 31 May 2019
  • Shortlisting of eligible papers: By 14 June 2019
  • Final decision by the selection panel: By 10 July 2019


To be eligible, the applicant must possess a PhD or be engaged in the completion of a PhD degree and, if over 30 years of age, be no more than two years past his/her PhD defence.

How to Apply

Step 1: Write an essay/paper (not more than 15,000 words) addressing issues related to trade policy and international trade co-operation.
Step 2: Submit the essay by email to

Note: The essay/paper can be co-authored too.

Last Date

The last date for application is  31 May 2019

Contact Details

For any further details, the applying candidates can refer to official notification using the following link.

Centre William Rappard
Rue de Lausanne, 154
Case postale
1211 Genève 2


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