The Geneva Challenge 2019
The Challenges of Global Health


The 2019 Advancing Development Goals International Students Contest invites teams of Master students from all academic programmes to devise innovative and pragmatic solutions to the Challenges of Global Health.

  • Registration deadline - 24 March 2019
  • After registration, your team has then four months to submit the project - 15 July 2019









The ADG contest distributes CHF 25'000 in monetary prizes and all-expense paid trip to Geneva. 

  • The winning project will be awarded CHF 10'000
  • The two teams in second place will receive CHF 5'000 each
  • The two teams in third place will receive CHF 2'500 each




The Contest


Eager to stimulate reflection and innovation on development from diverse disciplinary and contextual perspectives and with the generous support of Ambassador Jenö Staehelin, the Graduate Institute has launched in 2014 the Advancing Development Goals Contest, an international competition for graduate students. Learn more on our patrons.

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


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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 competitions 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 (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.





Launch of the 2019 Geneva Challenge 18.12.2018
Registration of teams opens 18.12.2018
Announcement of the Jury Panel and the Keynote Speaker Mid-February 2019
Registration deadline 24.03.2019
Submission deadline 15.07.2019
Semi-finalists announced Beginning of August 2019
Jury Evaluation meeting Mid-August 2019
Finalists announced Mid-August 2019
Presentations of the Finalists and Award Ceremony End of September 2019







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