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Geneva Graduate Institute Challenge for Graduate Students Worldwide 2024

The 2024 Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students aims to present innovative and pragmatic solutions to address the challenges of social inclusion.

The Challenge

“The Challenges of Youth Empowerment”

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 three to five enrolled master students from anywhere in the world.

Five prizes will be distributed; one in each of the following categories:

  • Universities located in Africa
  • Universities located in Asia
  • Universities located in Europe
  • Universities located in North America and Oceania
  • Universities located in South America

Aim and Benefits 

The ADG contest distributes 20,500 CHF in monetary prizes. The winning project is awarded CHF 10,000; the two teams in second place will receive CHF 5,000 and the two teams in third place, CHF 2,500


Eligibility is based on evaluation by an interdisciplinary academic steering committee.

Interview date, Process and Venue

Selection Criteria:

  • An interdisciplinary academic steering committee will assess all submissions by students and select semi-finalists which will be published on the competitions website and then reviewed by an independent jury of experts with academic, governmental and private sector backgrounds.
  • Five finalist teams, one team per continent, 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 climate change.

Application Deadline

July 14, 2024

How to Apply

Application Deadlines:

  • Registration ends: 22nd April 2024.
  • Submissions are due by: 14th July 2024. 

For more details, visit Geneva Graduate Institute website. 

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