WTO PhD Internship Program 2022 for Developing Countries

WTO PhD Internship Program 2022 for Developing Countries. Apply below

When is the application deadline?


Tell me about the WTO PhD internship program:

The World Trade Organization Support Program for Doctoral Studies (also known as the PhD Internship Programme) aims to support the development of academic expertise on WTO issues in developing countries. The WTO Secretariat invites PhD students from developing countries to conduct research at the WTO and provides them with guidance/advice in close collaboration with the academic supervisors of the students.

Participants in the PhD internship program are expected to further their doctoral dissertation during their time at the WTO, taking advantage of access to WTO facilities and information, as well as opportunities to interact with the general trade policy community. They are not expected to carry out assignments on behalf of the WTO Secretariat. The PhD researcher is assigned a mentor for the duration of his/her internship. The mentor’s role is to advise the student where necessary, in close collaboration with the student’s academic supervisors. Before the end of the PhD internship program, the participant must give a seminar on his/her work.

What kind of scholarship is this?

PhD, Internship

Who can apply for a WTO PhD Internship Program?

The program is open to doctoral students from developing and least developed countries and customs territories that are WTO members (or involved in WTO accession negotiations). Government officials are not eligible to participate in the program. Applicants must be pursuing a WTO related doctorate or equivalent in economics, law, international relations or other relevant discipline. Applicants must be in the final stages of their PhD. As a general guideline, at least 75% of their thesis must be completed and submitted together with the application. If the thesis is not written in one of the three official WTO languages ​​(English, French or Spanish), this reduces the chances of acceptance for the program (subject to the availability of WTO personnel to serve as mentors). Applications must be accompanied by a written recommendation from the applicant’s academic supervisor plus a letter from the university attended by the applicant confirming that he/she is registered for a PhD degree. Those admitted to the PhD Support Program will be asked to provide a medical certificate prior to commencement of their residency. Prior to accepting a candidate, the WTO Selection Committee may contact the applicant’s academic counselor if further information is deemed necessary.

Where will the prize be won?

Geneva, Switzerland

How many internships are given?

Not specified

What is the advantage of the WTO PhD Internship Program?

Interns under the PhD Internship Program will receive a daily allowance of CHF 60 (including weekends and public holidays that fall within the selected period). In addition, travel costs (economy class airfare) to and from Geneva are reimbursed by the WTO.

Medical health insurance is mandatory in Switzerland, and interns are responsible for arranging their own health insurance before starting their internship at the WTO.

How to Apply for a WTO PhD Internship Program?

Candidates who wish to participate in the WTO Doctoral Studies Support Program are invited to apply for the application form and submit the required documents.

Visit the Award webpage for details

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