Geneva Challenge 2017

Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students

The Geneva Challenge 2017 is an international competition for graduate students launched under the Graduate Institute.

Geneva Challenge 2017
Geneva Challenge 2017










Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students is a contest set to address the ‘Challenge of Employment’. Employment is regarded as a tool to improve living standards and eradicate poverty, but the question is: what kind of employment will nurture sustainable growth and development?
Eager to stimulate reflection and innovation on development from diverse disciplinary and contextual perspectives and with the generous support of Ambassador Jenö Staehelin, the Graduate Institute has launched in 2014 the Advancing Development Goals Contest, an international competition for graduate students.

The Challenge

The idea is to gather contributions that are both theoretically grounded and offer pragmatic solutions to a relevant international development problem stemming from an interdisciplinary collaboration between 3 to 5 enrolled master students from anywhere in the world.


  • Three finalist teams will be invited (traveling and accommodation expenses covered) to an oral presentation in Geneva, where they will defend their ideas and answer questions from the jury and from the public.
  • The finalists will also be present at an awards ceremony where the results of the contest will be announced preceded by a high-level key-note speech on the challenges of employment.
  • The ADG contest distributes 17,500 CHF in monetary prizes. The winning project is awarded 10,000 CHF, the second prize receives 5,000 CHF and the third, 2,500 CHF.

Application Deadline:

Registration for teams ends: 25th May 2017
Submissions are due by the 31st July 2017

How to apply

Send in your application by completing the following form



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