The Geneva Challenge 2024: Advancing Development Goals International Contest

Deadline Date: April 22, 2024

Donor Name: Geneva Graduate Institute

Grant Size: $10,000 to $100,000

Eager to stimulate reflection and innovation on development issues from diverse disciplinary and contextual perspectives and with the generous support of Ambassador Jenö Staehelin, the Graduate Institute launched the Advancing Development Goals Contest, an international competition for Master students.

The 2024 Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students aims to present innovative and pragmatic solutions to address the challenges of youth empowerment.

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 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.
  • The finalists will also be present at the awards ceremony where the results of the contest will be announced, preceded by a high-level keynote speech on The Challenges of Youth Empowerment.
  • Travel expenses such as flights, visa requests and accommodation are covered by the organisation of the contest for this purpose
  • 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 Latin America


  • Participants of the ADG contest 2024 must be enrolled as graduate students at the time of their registration for the contest.
    • They consider “graduate students” to be anyone enrolled in a post bachelor level university programme with a maximum duration of 2 (two) years, or anyone who can prove to be studying towards acquiring a master’s level degree or equivalent.
  • Participants must gather in teams of 3 (three) to 5 (five) graduate students. In the submitted analysis, they should contribute with an interdisciplinary approach or from at least 2 (two) different disciplinary perspectives.
    • No participation on an individual basis will be admitted.
    • The participants can be enrolled in the same graduate programme or can collaborate with students from other programmes from the university they are enrolled in or coordinate with students from different universities and institutions worldwide.
    • The category in which the team will be placed for the contest will be based on the continent of the universities predominantly represented within the team.
      • In case there is an equal representation of continents within the team, the team decides in which category they wish to compete.
  • All team members must provide a scanned copy of a document that serves as proof of enrolment as a graduate student before the registration of the team can be confirmed and validated.
  • Exceptionally, they might accept the registration of students who are transitioning into graduate studies, as long as they have already been accepted in a graduate student programme at the time of the registration.

For more information, visit Geneva Graduate Institute.

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