The Geneva Challenge 2017: International Contest for Graduate Students

The Geneva Challenge 2017: International Contest for Graduate Students

Deadline: May 25, 2017

With the generous support of Ambassador Jenö Staehelin, the Graduate Institute launched the Advancing Development Goals Contest, an international competition for graduate students. Entries are now invited from graduate students worldwide. 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.

In 2017, the contest is 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?

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.

Student teams are invited 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.

Prizes

  • 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.
  • 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.

Eligibility

  • 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

 

Selection Process

  • Your 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 the challenges of employment.

How to Apply

In order to apply to The Geneva Challeneg 2016:

Don’t forget: Registration ends 25th May 2017 & Submissions are due by the 31st July 2017.

For more information, visit Geneva Challenge.

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