World Trade Organization Essay Award for Young Economists

World Trade Organization Essay Award for Young Economists

Deadline: June 7, 2021.

Application is now open for world trade organization (WTO) Essay Award competition for young economists. The award aims at promoting high-quality research on trade policy and international trade co-operation 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.

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To be eligible for the Essay Award Competition, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. The paper must address issues related to trade policy and international trade cooperation. 
  2. 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 defense.
  3. In the case of co-authored papers, this requirement shall apply to all authors.
  4. In addition, to be considered for the award, essays cannot exceed 15,000 words.

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  1. The annual WTO Essay Award provides a prize of CHF 5,000 to the author(s) of the winning essay.
  2. In the case of a co-authored paper, the prize will be equally divided among the authors.
  3. 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.


All submissions should be sent to [email protected]. Submissions should include as separate attachments in PDF format:

  1. the essay
    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).

For more information visit the official webpage of world Trade Organization Award for young economists 2021

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