World Trade Organization Essay Award for Young Economists in Switzerland in 2021

The World Trade Organization invites applications for the Essay Award for Young Economists in Switzerland in 2021.

The award aims 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 essay award, now in its 13th year, has grown to be a prized achievement for young trade economists and brings to light novel evidence important for evaluating trade flows and policies.

Worth of Award

  • 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 equally divided among the authors.
  • The winning paper will be officially announced at the annual meeting of the European
  • Trade Study Group, which is the largest conference specializing in international trade.
  • The award ceremony will take place on 9-11 September 2021 in Ghent (Belgium). The winning author will receive funding to attend the meeting.
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  • 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 Ph.D. degree and, if over 30 years of age, be no more than two years past a Ph.D. 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.

How to Apply

All submissions for the World Trade Organization Essay Award should be sent 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 Ph.D., (iii) the year (or the expected year) of the Ph.D., (iv) the date of birth of the author(s).

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Deadline: Essays must be submitted by June 7, 2021.


Click here for more details and to apply