WTO Support Programme for Doctoral Studies [Fully-funded]

WTO Support Programme for Doctoral Studies [Fully-funded]

The WTO Secretariat currently invites doctoral students from developing countries for WTO Support Programme to conduct research at the WTO and provides them with mentoring/advice in close collaboration with the studentsā€™ academic supervisors.

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.


  • Organisation: World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  • Internship Location: WTO Secretariat
  • Internship Duration: Up to a maximum of six months
  • Available Slot: Several
  • Basic Qualifications: Doctoral Students
  • Nationality: WTO member countries & Developing countries

See Also: World Trade Organisation Internship Program for Postgraduate Students [Paid Internship]

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are expected to meet the following conditions for WTO Support Programme:

  • Applicants must be a national of a WTO member state or a country or customs territory engaged in accession negotiations
  • Applicants must 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.

Program Benefits

Interns under the PhD Internship Programme receive:

  • A daily allowance of CHF 60 (including weekends and official holidays falling within the selected period).
  • Travel expenses (economy class air fare) to and from Geneva is covered by the WTO.
  • 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.

Also Apply: African Union Internship Program 2024 for African Students

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Candidates who wish to participate in the WTO Support Programme for Doctoral Studies are invited to fill out theĀ application form and submit the required documents.

The granting of an internship does not entail the right to a vacancy in another part of the Secretariat. Interns may nevertheless apply for external vacancies.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2024

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