The WTO Chairs Programme
Launched in 2010 as a capacity-building programme, the WTO Chairs Programme (WCP) aims at enhancing knowledge and understanding of the multilateral trading system among academics and policy makers in beneficiary countries. It promotes and supports trade-related academic activities at universities and research institutions. The WTO provides financial, scientific and technical support to its partners with respect to research, curriculum development and outreach activities.
The WTO is now pleased to announce the launch of the phase III of the WTO Chairs Programme. Up to 21 academic institutions will be selected to participate in this four year cycle starting at the beginning of 2021.  Academic institutions established in developing and least-developed countries as well as acceding and recently acceded countries which are members or observers of the WTO are welcome to apply. The programme will be implemented through partnership agreements between the WTO Secretariat and the selected institutions.
Following numerous requests by applicants well advanced in preparing their application but encountering difficulties in finalizing all necessary documents in the time of this pandemic, the WTO Secretariat has decided to extend the time for submitting applications to 1 March 2021. Candidates who have already submitted applications may complement them with additional information, if they so wish, until the same date.

Two-Step Application Process


Step 1: Expressing your interest

Start the application process by submitting the "Expression of Interest" form below at your earliest convenience.


Step 2: Completing the application

Complete the application form and annexes thereto by the deadline of 1 March 2021
Please download and read the following documents before applying:

Call for applications and guidelines EN Call for applications and guidelines FR Call for applications and guidelines ES

A complete application shall contain the following:

  • Completed online application;
  • A letter from the President/Rector/Vice-Chancellor of the institution proposing to the WTO for the establishment/creation of a WTO Chair;
  • CV of the candidate(s) nominated as Chair holder(s) and of its support team; 
  • Annex I - list of activities;
  • Annex II - estimated expenditures;
  • A Letter of endorsement from your country's permanent mission to the WTO or Ministry of Trade; (optional) 
  • Other letters of support from partners (academic, donors, foundations, NGOs etc.).  (optional)


Annex I · EN Annex II · EN Annex I · FR Annex II · FR Annex I · ES Annex II · ES



If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact: