Geneva Challenge 2020 – Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students (25,000 CHF in monetary prizes & Funded to Geneva,Switzerland)

Submission Deadline:13 JULY 2020

The 2020 Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students aims to present innovative and pragmatic solutions to address the challenges of social inclusion. Theme: THE CHALLENGES OF SOCIAL INCLUSION

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 has launched in 2014 the Advancing Development Goals Contest, an international competition for Master 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.

Five prizes will be distributed; one in each of the following categories (based on the UN Statistics list):

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


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.


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.


Launch of the 2019 Geneva Challenge : 16.12.2019

Registration of teams opens : 16.12.2019

Announcement of the Jury Panel and the Keynote Speaker : February 2020

Registration deadline : 23.03.2020

Submission deadline : 13.07.2020

Semi-finalists announced : Beginning of August 2020

Jury Evaluation meeting : Mid-August 2020

Finalists announced : Mid-August 2020

Presentations of the Finalists and Award Ceremony : End of September 2020

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Geneva Challenge 2020



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