2015 Geneva Advancing Development Goals international Contest for Graduate Students,Switzerland (17,500 CHF Prize and All Expense paid Trip to Geneva, Switzerland)


Application Deadline: midnight 12 am, Geneva time on 30th April 2015.

Advancing Development Goals Contest, an international competition for graduate students.

The Advancing Development Goals international Contest for Graduate Students: Return Migration

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 is launching the second edition of the Advancing Development Goals Contest, an international competition for graduate students.The Challenge

In 2015 the challenge is to discuss how return migration can contribute to social or economic development.

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 Geneva Challenge 2015  invite teams of students to:

  • identify a challenge stemming from return migration;
  • construct an interdisciplinary theoretical analysis on how it affects social or economic development in a specific (but transposable) context;
  • propose innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into development opportunity
  • Participants of the ADG contest 2015 must be enrolled graduate students at the time of their registration for the contest.

“graduate students” to be anyone enrolled in a post-bachelor level university program with a maximum duration of 2 (two) years, or anyone who can prove to be studying towards acquiring a masters level degree.

  • Participants must gather in teams of 3 (three) to 5 (five) graduate students, who are able to contribute from at least 2 (two) different disciplinary perspectives to the submitted analysis.

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.


The Advancing Development Goals Contest 2015 will distribute 17,500 CHF in monetary prizes. The winning project will be awarded 10,000 CHF, the second prize will receive 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. 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 international migration.

Submission requirements
Submissions must be sent by email to: [email protected] AND [email protected] before midnight 12 am, Geneva time on 30th April 2015.
Entries will have a maximum length of 8000 (eight thousand) words including all notes and references and must be written in English or French.
The submissions will combine theoretical analyses, creativity, critical thinking on technical assistance, capacity building and on the agency of development.
Entries must be original. All long-listed works will go through a background check before being forwarded to the Jury members as semi-finalists of the ADG contest 2015.
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