The 10th Edition of the Geneva Challenge 2023 is now accepting applications. The Geneva Challenge is a project sponsored by Swiss Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and run by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. It aims to promote master students’ interdisciplinary problem-solving analysis on advancing human development within the context of a relevant topic.
Students are asked to create recommendations on “The Challenges of Loneliness” based on analysis this year.
They are seeking Master students from all academic programs and from any country to offer useful strategic advice because the answer to this problem must overcome traditional barriers between academic fields. There will be five awards given out, one for each continent.
Geneva Challenge 2023 Prizes
- 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.
Geneva Challenge 2023 Eligibility
- Participants of the ADG contest 2022 must be enrolled as graduate students at the time of their registration for the contest.
- Participants must gather in teams of 3 to 5 graduate students. In the submitted analysis, they should contribute with an interdisciplinary approach or from at least 2 different disciplinary perspectives.
- 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.
Geneva Challenge 2023 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 (travel and accommodation expenses covered) to an oral presentation in Geneva, where they will defend their ideas and answer questions from the jury. The finalists will also be invited to an awards ceremony where the contest results will be announced, preceded by a high-level keynote speech.
Geneva Challenge 2023 Application
Teams of 3-5 master students must submit an 8,000 words proposal which:
- identifies a challenge related to loneliness;
- constructs an interdisciplinary analysis on how it affects different aspects of development in a specific (but transposable) context;
- proposes innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into a development opportunity.
For more information, visit Geneva Challenge.
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