The Geneva Challenge (Advancing Development Goals International Contest) for Graduate Students

The Geneva Challenge

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 in 2014 launched 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 three to five 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. See 'Selection Process' below.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries are eligible

Participating Institutions
The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland

Fields of study
The contest this year, 2019, requires interested applicants to discuss The Challenges of Health. Students are invited to present innovative and pragmatic solutions to address the challenges of health.

Number of awards
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
Scholarship benefits
The ADG contest distributes 25,000 CHF in monetary prizes. The winning project will be awarded CHF 10,000; the two teams in second place will receive CHF 5,000 each and the two teams in third place, CHF 2,500 each.

Method of Application
In order to apply to the Geneva Challenge, you are invited to read carefully the Rules and Regulations and the Call for Contributions to get a better understanding of this year’s topic. Thereafter, send in your application by filling in the form found on the official website.

Endeavour to apply now, you may submit proposals later.

Selection Process:
Submissions are evaluated by an interdisciplinary academic steering committee that will select three submissions per category to be published on the competition's 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 the public. The finalists will also be invited to an awards ceremony where the contest results will be announced, preceded by a high-level keynote speech on the challenges of climate change.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) to download this year's Rules and Regulations and the Call for Contributions; and also for complete information for applying to this program.

The Geneva Online Application portal will be closed on 24 March 2019 --extended to 15 April 2019  (Registration deadline) while submissions for applicants’ essay proposals will end by 15 July 2019 (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. It is continental Europe's oldest school of international relations (Aberystwyth University in Wales was founded in 1919) and the first university dedicated solely to the study of international affairs.

Application Deadline: 15 July 2019
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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