Capstone projects

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Capstone projects enable partner organisations from International Geneva to work with small, interdisciplinary groups of Graduate Institute students, commissioning them to apply their analytical skills and academic knowledge to solving a real-world research problem.  The projects, which are part of our Masters curricula, give partners an opportunity to benefit from independent research and analysis that may contribute to policies, programmes and organisational objectives. 

Recent partners have included the World Bank Group, International Committee of the Red Cross, International Organization for Migration, World Food Programme, World Health Organization, Union Cycliste Internationale, UNICEF and Médecins Sans Frontières, on topics including trade, finance, conflict and peace building, refugees, environment, global health, gender and human rights. 

How it works:

  • Capstone partners propose research questions and objectives that students develop as projects under the supervision of a Graduate Institute professor. 
  • The research is conceptualized by the teams and may include for example desk and literature reviews, stakeholder analyses and mappings, interviews and questionnaires and secondary data analyses.
  • Students prepare a final report for Capstone partners that include an executive summary, literature review and also recommendations based on their findings together with a communications output such as poster or infographic.
  • Projects commence in March and are completed by December.