Geneva Challenge 2022 – Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students (25,000 CHF in monetary prizes & Fully Funded to Geneva, Switzerland)


Application Deadline: 20 APRIL 2022

The 2022 Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students aims to present innovative and pragmatic solutions to address the challenges of poverty reduction.

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.

The five finalist teams will be invited to come to Geneva (complying with COVID-19 restrictions) for their project showcases and the
award ceremony in November 2022. 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

  • 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.

Selection Criteria

  • 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 (complying with COVID-19 restrictions; travel 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. 

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Geneva Challenge 2022 – Advancing Development Goals International Contest


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