The World Trade Organization (WTO) Support Programme for Doctoral Studies

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat invites doctoral students from developing countries to conduct research at the WTO and provides them with mentoring/advice in close collaboration with the student’s academic supervisors.

The World Trade Organization Internship Programme provides an opportunity for post-graduate students from WTO member and observer countries to gain valuable experience from working at the WTO Support Programme for Doctoral Studies (also known as the PhD Internship Programme) aims to support the development of academic expertise on WTO issues in developing countries. WTO.

Participants in the PhD Internship Programme are expected to advance their doctoral thesis during their time at the WTO, taking advantage of access to WTO facilities and information as well as opportunities for interaction with the general trade policy community.

Duration: 06 months


The World Trade Organization (WTO) cover

  • A daily allowance of CHF 60 (including weekends and official holidays falling within the selected period).
  • And travel expenses (economy class airfare) to and from Geneva.


A candidate must:

  • be a national of a WTO member state or a country or customs territory engaged in accession negotiations
  • be a national of a least-developed country (LDC) or a developing country
  • undertake a PhD or equivalent in economics, law, international relations or in a closely related WTO discipline
  • be in the final stage of his/her PhD and therefore at the writing-up stage (75% minimum completion) of the thesis
  • work in one of the three official languages of the WTO, i.e. English, French and Spanish.

Selection Process

The WTO Secretariat maintains a variety of internship programmes for post-graduate students. Internship selections are based on;

  • merit,
  • taking account of eligibility criteria,
  • academic qualifications and
  • expertise.
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Application Process

To apply for the World Trade Organization (WTO) Support Programme for Doctoral Studies, click here.

Deadline: Unspecified

For more information, visit the official site.

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