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The Geneva Challenge International Contest for Graduate Students, 2019

Graduate Institute of international and development studies is pleased to announce the Geneva Challenge International Contest for Graduate Students, 2019. This competition is open to Master students from all academic programs to devise innovative and pragmatic solutions to the Challenges of Global Health.

The ADG contest distributes CHF 25’000 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.

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The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an institution of research and higher education dedicated to the study of world affairs, with a particular emphasis on the cross-cutting fields of international relations and development issues. the aim of the institute is to promote international cooperation and make a contribution to the progress of developing societies.

The Challenge

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 3 to 5 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

Selection Process

Your submissions will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary academic steering committee who will select 3 submissions per category to be published on the website of the competition 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 from the public. The finalists will also be present at an awards ceremony where the results of the contest will be announced preceded by a high-level keynote speech on the challenges of global health.

Prizes

The ADG contest distributes CHF 25’000 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.

Registration for teams ends March 24, 2019.

Submissions are due by July 15, 2019.

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