WTO Essay Award for Young Economists

Deadline: 15/06/2010
CHF 5,000

The WTO launched on 2 March the 2010 Essay Award for Young Economists. The Award aims to promote high-quality research on the WTO and WTO-related issues among young economists and to reinforce the relationship between the WTO and the academic community.


The annual WTO Essay Award consists of 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 equally divided among the authors. The winning paper will be officially announced at the annual meeting of the European Trade Study Group (ETSG), which is currently the largest conference specializing in international trade. The award ceremony will take place in September 2010 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The winning author(s) will receive funding to attend the meeting.


An Academic Selection Panel is responsible for the selection of the winning paper.


The paper must address issues related to the economics of the WTO (e.g. the design of trade agreements, contingent protection, trade facilitation, the effects of trade agreements, Aid for Trade, the economic aspects of dispute settlement). 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 defence. 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.

Important deadlines

Essays must be submitted by 15 June 2010. The Economic Research and Statistics Division at the WTO Secretariat will shortlist eligible papers by 1 July 2010 and the Selection Panel will take a final decision by 1 August 2010. Only the author(s) of short-listed essays will be notified.


The winning essay will be published in the WTO Working Paper Series and it is the responsibility of the author(s) to endeavour to secure publication of the contribution in a journal.


All submissions should be sent to Aishah Colautti (Aishah.Colautti@wto.org) with the subject line “WTO Essay Award”. 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).

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3 thoughts on “WTO Essay Award for Young Economists

  1. Hello,

    I am 23 year old young woman from Botswana,in Southern Africa.I came across the essay competition run by the WTO while researching scholarship opportunities from the WTO.

    I was elated to stumble across this competition but slightly dissapointed to find that only PhD holders, or those embarking on their PhD's qualify for the competition.

    I hold a degree in International Relations and Applied Economics,and would have loved the opportunity for a similar challenge.

    My suggestion is for the design of perhaps a similar competition , which will allow academics on my level to strecth themselves, as well as express their opinions on issues within our global society that interest us.


    Ms. B.Kebakile

    1. Dear Ms. B.Kebakile,

      thank you for your comment. We think it would be nice if you suggested your stimulative idea to the organisers of the WTO Essay Award themselves, as "…Mladiinfo does not give scholarships or any financial support, but only informs about different opportunities. Click on the direct link to the official page above to apply for the program."

      All the best,

      Kristina, mladiinfo

      1. I will most definately do that Kristina, thank you.i think mladiinfo is doing a great job regardless, thanks for keeping us in touch with the different opportunities, keep it up.

        best regards.

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