Advancing Development Goals International Contest 2017-Win Trip to Geneva

Advancing Development Goals International Contest 2017-Win Trip to Geneva

Deadline: May 25, 2017

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 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 teams are to:

  • identify a challenge stemming from employment;
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Open to a team of 3 to 5 enrolled masters students from anywhere in the world.

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Application Process

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Key Dates

  • Registration for teams ends: May 25, 2017
  • Submissions are due by July 31, 2017

For more information, visit The Geneva Challenge 2017.