The Geneva Challenge 2016 – International Contest for Graduate Students

The Geneva Challenge 2016 – International Contest for Graduate Students

Deadline: July 31, 2016

The Graduate Institute, Geneva is now accepting entries for the 2016 Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students. With the generous support of Ambassador Jenö Staehelin, the competition aims to stimulate reflection and innovation on development from diverse disciplinary and contextual perspectives.

In 2016, the contest is to discuss The Challenges of Urbanisation.

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.

Teams of students are invited to:

  • identify a challenge stemming from urbanisation;
  • construct an interdisciplinary analysis on how it affects different aspects of development in a specific (but transposable) context;
  • propose innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into development opportunity.


  • The ADG contest 2016 will distribute 17,500 CHF in monetary prizes.
  • The winning project will be awarded 10,000 CHF, the second prize will receive 5,000 CHF and the third, 2,500 CHF.


  • Participants of the ADG Contest must be enrolled graduate students at the time of their registration
  • Participants must gather in teams of 3 to 5 graduate students who are able to contribute from atleast two different disciplinary perspectives to the submitted analysis.
  • No participation on an individual basis will be admitted

How to Apply

In order to apply to The Geneva Challeneg 2016:

Don’t forget: Registration ends 25th May 2016 & Submissions are due by the 31st July 2016.

For more information, visit Geneva Challenge.