World Trade Organization WTO Essay Award 2023 For Young Professionals | Apply Now

World Trade Organization WTO Essay Award 2023 For Young Professionals | Apply Now

The World Trade Organization WTO Essay Award is now calling for applications from aspirants Worldwide in 2023. Do you have an interest in this opportunity? Read to the end because we will be discussing the eligibility criteria, its benefits, and the step-by-step application process.

WTO Essay Award is to promote high-quality research on trade policy and international trade cooperation and to reinforce the relationship between the WTO and the academic community.

The WTO has issued a call for young economists to submit papers for the 2023 WTO Essay Award.

Essays must be submitted by 2 June 2023.


  • Host: World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Eligible Countries: All Countries
  • Reward: CHF 5,000


An Academic Selection Panel is responsible for the selection of the winning paper. The panel comprises:

Professor Ralph Ossa (Director, Economic Research and Statistics Division, WTO Secretariat) is ex officio member of the panel. Dr Roberta Piermartini (Chief, Trade Cost Analysis Section, WTO) coordinates the work of the selection panel.

The paper must address issues related to trade policy and international trade cooperation.

The author(s) of the paper must possess or be engaged in the completion of a PhD degree and, if over 30 years of age, be no more than two years past a PhD defense. In the case of co-authored papers, this requirement shall apply to all authors. In addition, to be considered for the award, essays cannot exceed 15,000 words.


The annual WTO Essay Award provides a prize of CHF 5,000 to the author(s) of the winning essay. In the case of a co-authored paper, the prize will be an equal division among the authors.

The organizers will officially announce the winning paper at the annual meeting of the European Trade Study Group (ETSG), the largest conference specializing in international trade. The award ceremony will take place on 14-16 September 2023 at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. The winning author will receive funding to attend the meeting.

It is the responsibility of the author(s) to endeavor to secure publication of the contribution in a journal.

Required Documents

All applicants should submit to [email protected]. Submissions should include as separate attachments in PDF format:

  1. the essay
  2. the CV of the author(s), specifying (i) current affiliation(s), (ii) the academic institution awarding the PhD, (iii) the year (or the expected year) of the PhD, (iv) the date of birth of the author(s).

Use the link below to apply for the essay award

Essays must be submitted by 2 June 2023.

The Economic Research and Statistics Division of the WTO Secretariat will shortlist eligible papers by 16 June 2023 and the selection panel will take a final decision by 7 July 2023. Only the author(s) of short-listed essays will be notified.



Application Deadline

Applicants are to completely submit applications before the Deadline: June 2, 2023

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