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.

Approximately 20 academic institutions will be selected to participate in the next four-year cycle (phase III) of the WTO Chairs Programme. The WCP is open to 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. The programme will be implemented through partnership agreements between the WTO Secretariat and the selected institutions.

Applications were to be filed by 1 March 2021. The selection process is currently ongoing. All universities who filed an application for the next four-year cycle of the programme will be contacted individually in due course.

For any questions regarding the application process please contact: