The Geneva Challenge International Contest for Graduate Students

The Geneva Challenge:
The Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students

Course(s) Offered: International Essay Contest
Course Level: Graduate (masters)
Provider: The Graduate Institute, Geneva
Country to Study in: Switzerland

Scholarship Description
Eager to stimulate reflection and innovation on development from diverse disciplinary and contextual perspectives, the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland is launching the third edition of the Advancing Development Goals Contest, an international competition for graduate students.

The contest this year, 2016, requires interested applicants 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.

The Graduate Institute invites applications from qualified students across the world for The Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students (The Geneva Challenge).

The Geneva Challenge: The Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students

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

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 (link to it is below) 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 urbanisation.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries are eligible

Participating Institutions
The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland

Fields of study
The Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students -- The Challenges of Urbanisation.

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.
Number of awards
Three teams of 3 to 5 enrolled Master students will be selected at the final stage.

Scholarship benefits
The ADG contest will distribute 17,500 CHF in monetary prizes to contestants in this way:
  • the winning project will be awarded 10,000 CHF,
  • the second prize will receive 5,000 CHF and
  • the third, 2,500 CHF.
Method of Application
In order to apply to the Geneva Challenge, you are invited to first do the following. Read carefully the Rules and Regulations. Read the Call for Contributions to get a better understanding of this year’s topic “The Challenges of Urbanisation”. And thereafter, send in your application by filling in the application form, which is found on the official website.

Endeavour to apply now, you may submit proposals later.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on this program, and also to access the application form to the Geneva Challenge.

The Geneva Online Application portal will be closed on 25th May 2016 (Registration deadline) while submissions for applicants’ essay proposals will end by 31st July 2016 (Submissions deadline).

Endeavour to apply now, you may submit proposals later.

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (French: Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement, abbreviated IHEID or the Graduate Institute Geneva) is a postgraduate university located in Geneva, Switzerland. In academic and professional circles, the Graduate Institute is considered one of Europe's most prestigious institutions.

The Graduate Institute is continental Europe's oldest school of international relations (Aberystwyth University in Wales was founded in 1919) and was the first university dedicated solely to the study of international affairs. It offered one of the first doctoral programs in international relations in the world. In 2008, the Graduate Institute of International Studies absorbed the Graduate Institute of Development Studies, a smaller post-graduate institution also based in Geneva. The merger resulted in the current Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Application Deadline: 25 May 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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