Future calls for applications will also target specific world sub-regions based on the level of representation achieved following each expansion.

Launched in 2010 as a capacity-building programme, the Chairs Programme is implemented through partnership agreements between the WTO and selected academic institutions. The programme supports trade-related academic activities at universities and research institutions in developing and least-developed countries. The WTO provides financial, scientific and technical support to its partners over a period of four years in research, curriculum development and outreach. Upon completion of this cycle, institutions remain part of the network of WTO Chairs, which today comprises a total of 35 institutions worldwide.

Chairs participating in the programme will be selected through a competitive process conducted by the WTO Secretariat with the support of the Chairs Programme Academic Advisory Board, an external body of multidisciplinary international trade experts.

Eligible candidates are invited to complete their applications by 31 January 2024 through the Chairs Programme Platform.




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