Scholarships

The Global Impact Association offers various scholarships for talented students aiming to pursue a rewarding career in International Trade.

Scholarships for Master Programmes

Penglai Scholarships

The Penglai Scholarships allow two students or young professionals to pursue a one-year advanced master programme at the WTI. The Penglai Scholarships are funded by the Permanent Mission to the WTO of the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu. One of the Penglai Scholarships will be awarded to a national of Taiwan, and one will be awarded to a national of a least-developed country.

The Executive Committee of the GIA will decide on the award of the Penglai Scholarships on the advice of the Penglai Scholarship Committee.

A Penglai Scholarship covers the registration and tuition fees for the MILE or TRAIL+ programme, living expenses in Bern and travel expenses to and from Bern. The student shall receive a monthly allowance of CHF 1’500 to cover living expenses in Bern for maximum 11 months. In case the student takes the MILE or TRAIL+ programme (or part thereof) online, an appropriate arrangement regarding living expenses in his/her place of residence may be agreed upon. The travel expenses covered shall be limited to one economy class journey to and from Bern.

The recipient of a Penglai Scholarship shall maintain a minimum average grade of 5 during each of the two semesters of instruction of the MILE or TRAIL+ programme. Failure to keep this average grade may result in the withdrawal of the Penglai Scholarship. The recipient of a Penglai Scholarship shall also be involved in scientific research conducted at the WTI.

An application for a Penglai Scholarship may be filed together with the application of admission to the TRAIL+ or MILE programme or may be filed at a later date. The final date for applications for a Penglai Scholarship is 1 April 2022. Applications must be e-mailed to info@global-impact-association.org. Any application should include a letter of motivation as well as a statement of financial needs.

Patricia Murillo Montesdeoca Scholarship

The Patricia Murillo Montesdeoca (PMM) Scholarship is a privately funded scholarship, which allows each year one student or young professional to pursue a one-year advanced master programme at the WTI. The scholarship is in memory of the late Patricia Murillo Montesdeoca, a Falun Gong practitioner and human rights activist from Guayaquil, Ecuador.

In awarding the PMM Scholarship, preference will be given to female students from Latin America. The Executive Committee of the GIA will decide on the award of the PMM Scholarship on the advice of the PMM Scholarship Committee.

The PMM Scholarship covers the registration and tuition fees for the MILE or TRAIL+ programme, living expenses in Bern, and travel expenses to and from Bern. The student shall receive a monthly allowance of CHF 1’500 to cover living expenses in Bern for maximum 10 months. In case the student takes the MILE or TRAIL+ programme (or part thereof) online, an appropriate arrangement regarding living expenses in his/her place of residence may be agreed upon. The travel expenses covered shall be limited to one economy class journey to and from Bern.

The PMM Scholarship recipient shall maintain a minimum average grade of 5 during each of the two semesters of instruction of the MILE or TRAIL+ programme. Failure to keep this average grade may result in the withdrawal of the PMM Scholarship. The recipient of the PMM Scholarship shall also be involved in scientific research conducted at the WTI.

An application for the PMM Scholarship may be filed together with the application of admission to the TRAIL+ or MILE programme or may be filed at a later date. The final date for applications for the PMM Scholarship is 1 April 2022. Applications must be e-mailed to info@global-impact-association.org. Any application should include a letter of motivation as well as a statement of financial needs.

Nathalie Diaz Asmat Scholarship

The Nathalie Diaz Asmat Scholarship is a privately funded scholarship, which allows one student or young professional to pursue a one-year advanced master programme at the WTI. The scholarship is in memory of the late Nathalie Diaz Asmat, a MILE 14 alumna and former Dispute Settlement Lawyer at the World Trade Organization from Lima, Peru.

In awarding the Nathalie Diaz Asmat Scholarship, preference will be given to students from Peru and Latin America. The Executive Committee of the GIA will decide on the award of the scholarship on the advice of the Nathalie Diaz Asmat Scholarship Committee.

The Nathalie Diaz Asmat Scholarship covers the registration and tuition fees for the MILE or TRAIL+ programme, as well as a contribution towards living expenses in Bern, and travel expenses to and from Bern. The student shall receive a monthly allowance of CHF 1’000 to cover living expenses in Bern for maximum 10 months. In case the student takes the MILE or TRAIL+ programme (or part thereof) online, an appropriate arrangement regarding living expenses in his/her place of residence may be agreed upon. The travel expenses covered shall be limited to CHF 1’000.

The recipient of the Nathalie Diaz Asmat Scholarship shall maintain a minimum average grade of 5 during each of the two semesters of instruction of the MILE or TRAIL+ programme. Failure to keep this average grade may result in the withdrawal of the scholarship. The recipient shall also be involved in scientific research conducted at the WTI.

An application for the Nathalie Diaz Asmat Scholarship may be filed together with the application of admission to the TRAIL+ or MILE programme or may be filed at a later date. The final date for applications for the scholarship is 1 April 2022. Applications must be e-mailed to info@global-impact-association.org. Any application should include a letter of motivation as well as a statement of financial needs.

Scholarships for Internships

John H. Jackson Scholarship

The John H. Jackson (JHJ) Scholarship was established to honour John Jackson’s legacy, the most influential academic of his era in the field of international trade law and policy. Prof. Jackson was a long-term friend and supporter of the WTI. Established in close consultation with his family, the JHJ Scholarship offers financial support to one deserving WTI master’s student each year to pursue an unpaid internship at an NGO or public institution. During their internship, the students will be expected to work on a multidisciplinary project relating to trade and/or investment law and policy.

The decision on the JHJ Scholarship award will be taken by the Executive Committee of the GIA on the advice of the JHJ Scholarship Committee, chaired by Dr Lee Ann Jackson and further composed of two MILE alumni.

The amount of financial support awarded is a maximum of CHF 4500.

Eligibility criteria for the JHJ Scholarship:

  • To be a current MILE or TRAIL+ student.
  • To be admitted to an internship programme of an institution/organisation active in the areas of trade and/or investment.
  • To do an internship that involves work of an interdisciplinary nature.
  • To do an otherwise unpaid internship.
  • To apply for financial support in line with the requirements specified below.

Requirements for a valid application for the JHJ Scholarship:

  • An application letter in English explaining the internship’s substantive focus, its purpose, and the interdisciplinary nature of the work engaged in during the internship.
  • A letter from the institution/organisation offering the internship, stating: a commitment to accept the applicant as an intern; the importance of the internship for the institution/organisation; how the work engaged in during the internship is interdisciplinary in nature; and that the internship is unpaid.
  • A statement on the need for financial support, including a draft budget.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2022, 12:00 pm CET. Applications must be e-mailed to info@global-impact-association.org.

© Alexander Jaquemet, 2018
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