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Apply Now! The Geneva Challenge 2023 for Graduate Students: The Challenges of Loneliness |Cash prizes and fully-funded trip to Geneva,Switzerland

Apply Now! The Geneva Challenge 2023 for Graduate Students: The Challenges of Loneliness |Cash prizes and fully-funded trip to Geneva,Switzerland

The 10th edition of the Geneva Challenge 2023, also known as the 2023 Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students, aims to provide innovative and practical solutions to the difficulties of loneliness.

With the generous support of Ambassador Jenö Staehelin, the Graduate Institute launched the Advancing Development Goals Contest in 2014, an international competition for Master students, in order to stimulate reflection and innovation on development from diverse disciplinary and contextual perspectives. The Geneva Challenge owes its inception and patronage to Ambassador Staehelin’s philanthropic vision, as well as the late Kofi Annan, who served as the contest’s High Patron.

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 Geneva Graduate Institute is a higher education institution and a pioneer in the exploration of global issues. Through their core missions – academic research, teaching, expertise, and forum activities – we produce and share knowledge on international relations, development issues, global challenges, and governance.

Located in the heart of International Geneva, a center of global governance, they build on scientific excellence and trans-disciplinarity to foster critical and creative thinking on the major challenges of their time. By engaging with international organizations, NGOs, governments, and private sector actors, they participate in global discussions on the future of multilateralism and prepare a generation of engaged and responsible decision-makers for leadership in a radically uncertain world.

The Charter defines the vision, mission, and principles that unite the community of the Institute, from students to faculty and administrative staff. It sets out for this community, as well as for its alumni. The defining elements of a common identity provide them with a sense of belonging. The Charter also serves as a compass, orienting our projects and activities.

A pioneer in the exploration of global issues, the Graduate Institute opens creative spaces for diverse communities and fosters the understanding and engagement essential to a peaceful, equitable, and sustainable world. Their principles are excellence, independence, critical thinking, diversity, engagement for peace, equity, and sustainability.




  • An award of CHF 10,000 for the winning team
  • An award of CHF 5,000 for each of the two teams in second place
  • An award of CHF 2,500 for each of the two teams in third place
  • Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered for the five finalist teams


  • 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 (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.
  • 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.

Eligible Regions: Open for All



  1. The confirmation documents (enrolment certificates or student cards) should contain the applicant’s name, the applicant’s graduate program, and a recent issuance date
  2. In case applicants do not have the documents at the time of their registration, they can send an email regarding the matter at

Application Deadline: April 23, 2023 (7 Days Remaining)

Apply here


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