Enter the Advancing Development Goals Contest – Geneva

Enter the Advancing Development Goals Contest – Geneva

Deadline: April 30, 2015

Enter the Advancing Development Goals Contest, an international competition for graduate students. In 2015 the challenge is to discuss how return migration can contribute to social or economic development. 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.

The contest invites teams of students to:

  • Identify a challenge stemming from return migration;
  • Construct an interdisciplinary theoretical analysis on how it affects social or economic development in a specific (but transposable) context;
  • Propose innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into development opportunity.

Selection Process

Submissions will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary academic steering committee who will select semi-finalists to be published on the competitions website and then reviewed by an independent jury of experts with academic, governmental and private sector backgrounds.

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 international migration.


The ADG contest 2015 will distribute 17,500 CHF in monetary prizes:

  • First prize: 10,000 CHF
  • Second prize: 5,000 CHF
  • Third prize: 2,500 CHF


  • Participants must be enrolled graduate students: anyone enrolled in a post-bachelor level university program with a maximum duration of 2 years, or anyone who can prove to be studying towards acquiring a masters level degree.
  • Participants must gather in teams of 3 to 5 graduate students, who are able to contribute from at least 2 different disciplinary perspectives to the submitted analysis.

Application Process

  • Enter the competition by registering HERE.
  • Each group must chose a team leader who will be the main focus point for communication with the organization of the contest.
  • Submissions must be sent by email to: [email protected] and [email protected]
  • Entries must be original, written in English or French and will have a maximum length of 8000 words including all notes and references.

For more information, visit the Geneva Challenge 2015.