WTO Essay Award for Young Economists 2024 (Up to CHF 5,000 Prize to the Author(s) of the Winning Essay)

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2024 World Trade Organization (WTO) Essay Award. The WTO is inviting young economists to submit their papers for consideration. This award aims to encourage excellent research on trade policy and international trade collaboration, while also strengthening the bond between the WTO and the academic community.

WTO Essay Award for Young Economists


  • The Author (s) of the winning essay will be awarded a prize of CHF 5,000. If the paper is co-authored, the prize will be split equally among the authors.
  • The winning essay will be formally declared at the yearly gathering of the European Trade Study Group (ETSG), the primary conference dedicated to international trade. The award presentation is set to occur on September 12-14, 2024, at Athens University in Greece.
  • Furthermore, the winning author will be provided with financial support to attend the event.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The essay should focus on topics concerning trade policy and international trade cooperation.
  • The author(s) must hold or be in the process of completing a PhD degree, and if over 30 years old, should not be more than two years past a PhD defense.
  • For co-authored papers, this condition applies to all authors. Additionally, essays should not exceed 15,000 words to be considered for the award.

Submission Process For WTO Essay Award for Young Economists 2024

  • The deadline for submitting essays is 3 June 2024. The Economic Research and Statistics Division of the WTO Secretariat will then shortlist eligible papers by 17 June 2024, and the selection panel will make a final decision by 8 July 2024. Only the author(s) of the short-listed essays will receive notifications.
  • All submissions should be sent to the provided email address on the official website. Submissions should include the following separate attachments in PDF format:
  • The essay
  • The CV of the author(s), detailing current affiliation(s), the academic institution awarding the PhD, the year (or expected year) of the PhD, and the date of birth of the author(s).

For More Information please visit the Official website of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Essay Award.

Application Deadline

June 3, 2024.

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