WTO Young Trade Leaders Program 2024 in Switzerland

Opportunity Detail

  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Level Non-Degree /Short program
  • Eligible Region/Countries

    WTO member countries

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  • Medium of Instruction English
  • Field of study International Trade
  • Opportunity ID 79920
  • Duration 1 Year

Opportunity Description

The World Trade Organization (WTO) calls for its 2024 Young Trade Leaders Program applications. This initiative fosters a deeper understanding of the WTO’s work and international trade among young people globally.

This program aims to create a network of exceptional young leaders who can contribute fresh perspectives and ideas about the role of trade and the WTO while learning about the organization’s mission and operations.

Key Details and Dates

  • Application Deadline: 5 July 2024 (23:59 CET)
  • Interview Date (Short-listed applicants): July 2024
  • Training Program: One-day in-person session in Geneva (date TBA)
  • Public Forum 2024: September 2024
  • Funding Type: Non-remunerated; travel to Geneva for the Public Forum covered
  • Host Institution: World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Eligible Countries: WTO member countries, including Afghanistan
  • Eligible Gender: Male/Female
  • Target Group: Young individuals with a strong interest in international trade
  • Focus Area: International Trade, WTO activities
  • Duration: One-year program (July 2024 – June 2025)
  • Program Language: English (knowledge of French or Spanish is an asset)
  • Host Country: Switzerland (Geneva)


Selected Young Trade Leaders will have the opportunity to:

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  • Gain a better understanding of the workings of the WTO and international trade.
  • Publish articles, blogs, podcasts, and social media content on trade-related topics.
  • Attend a one-day in-person training program at the WTO in Geneva.
  • Contribute to or coordinate a session at the Public Forum 2024.
  • Benefit from existing WTO training programs.
  • Receive advice and mentoring from the WTO Secretariat.
  • Receive support when organizing WTO-related activities in their home countries.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Applicants should be between 18 and 30 years old on the closing date for applications.
  • They should be citizens of a WTO member country.
  • They are not currently affiliated with the WTO and without relatives presently affiliated with the WTO.
  • Able to demonstrate good written and spoken English (knowledge of French or Spanish is an asset).
  • Attuned to the need for diplomacy, respectful of diverse perspectives, and willing to foster understanding of trade issues and promote constructive dialogue.
  • Committed to participating fully throughout the one-year program (July 2024-June 2025).

Required Documents

Candidates should submit:

  • CV (no more than two pages)
  • 2-3 minute video introduction expressing their interest in the program and the impact they hope to achieve as a Young Trade Leader
  • A written contribution (maximum 300 words) answering the question: “What does trade mean for you?”

Selection Process

  • The WTO Secretariat will review all applications.
  • Short-listed applicants will receive an invitation to participate in an interview in July 2024.
  • Selected leaders will be invited to travel to Geneva in September to participate in the 2024 WTO Public Forum.

How to Apply?

Applicants must submit their applications using the submission email below. Applications received after the mentioned deadline will not be considerable.



Submission Email: [email protected]



Further detailed information regarding the WTO Young Trade Leaders Progis is available on the official WTO website.


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