The World Trade Organisation 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. The 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 students’ academic supervisors.
About WTO Support Programme for Doctoral Studies
Participants in the PhD Internship Programme must 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. They are not expected to undertake assignments on behalf of the WTO Secretariat. The doctoral student will have a mentor for the duration of his/her internship. The role of the mentor is to provide the student with advice in close collaboration with the student’s academic supervisors. Before the end of the PhD Internship Programme, the participant will need to give a seminar on his/her work.
Interns under the PhD Internship Programme receive a daily allowance of CHF 60 (including weekends and official holidays falling within the selected period). In addition, WTO covers travel expenses (economy class air fare) to and from Geneva.
Medical health insurance coverage is mandatory in Switzerland, and interns are responsible for organizing their own health insurance prior to commencing their internship at the WTO.
Below are the eligibility requirements
- The programme is open to doctoral students from Developing and Least-Developed Countries and customs territories that are WTO Members (or engaged in WTO accession negotiations). Government officials are not eligible to apply to the programme.
- Applicants must be undertaking a WTO-related PhD or equivalent in Economics, Law, International Relations or other relevant discipline.
- Applicants must be in the final stage of their PhD. As a general guideline, applicants must complete a minimum of 75% of their thesis and submit it with their application.
- If the thesis is not in one of the three official WTO languages (English, French or Spanish) this will reduce the likelihood of acceptance to the programme (which depends on the availability of WTO staff to serve as mentor).
- 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.
How to Apply for the World Trade Organisation Support Programme for Doctoral Studies
Candidates who wish to participate in the program should fill out the application form and submit the required documents.
For more details, visit WTO website
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