Graduate Institute’s Geneva Challenge 2024 (up to 25,000 CHF) – Apply Now

The Graduate Institute’s Geneva Challenge 2024 is now accepting applications from eligible graduate students worldwide. This prestigious competition, supported by Ambassador Jenö Staehelin, aims to foster reflection and innovation on development issues from diverse disciplinary and contextual perspectives.

Graduate Institute’s Geneva Challenge 2024
Graduate Institute’s Geneva Challenge 2024

The contest aims to encourage introspection and creativity in development from various disciplinary and contextual perspectives.

About the Geneva Challenge

The Geneva Challenge is an opportunity to showcase your interdisciplinary skills and propose pragmatic solutions to pressing global challenges. Over the past decade, this contest has attracted over 10,000 graduate students from more than 200 universities representing over 100 nationalities.

The goal of this challenge is to compile theoretically sound and practically sound answers to pertinent issues in international development that result from an interdisciplinary collaboration between three to five enrolled master’s students from any location in the world.

Prizes and Benefits of Geneva Challenge

  • The Geneva Challenge offers a total of 25,000 CHF in monetary prizes. The winning project will receive CHF 10,000, while the two teams in second place will each be awarded CHF 5,000.
  • Additionally, the two teams in third place will receive CHF 2,500 each.
  • Besides the monetary benefits, participating in the Geneva Challenge offers invaluable opportunities for networking, learning, and showcasing your talents on a global stage.

Requirements and Guidelines for Geneva Challenge

To participate in the Geneva Challenge;

  • You must be enrolled as a graduate student at the time of registration.
  • You will need to form a team of three to five graduate students and submit a project proposal. That demonstrates an interdisciplinary approach or draws from at least two different disciplinary perspectives.
  • Your project should address a relevant international development problem and offer innovative solutions.
  • Projects should not exceed 8000 words and must be written in English or French.
  • Submissions should combine theoretical analysis, creativity, critical thinking, and originality.
  • Ensure that your entries adhere to the guidelines provided and submit them before the deadline to be considered for evaluation.

How to Apply for Graduate Institute’s Geneva Challenge 2024

The registration deadline for the Geneva Challenge 2024 is April 22, 2024, at 23:59 CET. To apply;

Following registration;

  • You will have twelve weeks to prepare your project proposal, which must be submitted by July 14, 2024, at 23:59 CET.
  • Make sure to allocate sufficient time for research, collaboration, and drafting to produce a high-quality submission that stands out to the evaluators.

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Selection Process

  • All submissions will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary academic steering committee, which will select three submissions per category for publication on the competition’s website.
  • These submissions will then undergo review by an independent jury of experts with backgrounds in academia, government, and the private sector.
  • Five finalist teams, representing each continent, will be invited to Geneva for an oral presentation of their ideas. This presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the jury and the public.
  • Finally, the contest results will be announced during an awards ceremony. Preceded by a high-level keynote speech.



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