The Geneva Challenge 2022: Contest for Graduate Students

Applications for the Geneva Challenge 2022 are now being accepted.

The 2022 Advancing Development Goals International Graduate Student Contest seeks to provide new and realistic solutions to poverty reduction concerns.

The objective is to collect ideas that are both theoretically based and give pragmatic answers to a significant international development challenge as a result of interdisciplinary cooperation between three to five enrolled master students from anywhere in the globe.

About the Program: The 2022 Geneva Challenge

It is a project sponsored by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and supported by Swiss Ambassador Jenö Staehelin that seeks to stimulate interdisciplinary problem-solving analysis among master students on furthering human development within the context of a relevant issue.

Students are being asked to provide analysis-based suggestions on “The Challenges of Poverty Reduction” this year.

What to Expect

Teams of 3-5 master students must submit an 8,000-word proposal that includes the following information:

  • highlights a problem with poverty alleviation;
  • offers an interdisciplinary investigation of how it influences many elements of development in a particular (yet transposable) setting;
  • recommends policy, practice, process, or technological innovation to transform the difficulty into a development opportunity.


The Geneva Challenge 2022 will provide monetary awards totaling $25,000 CHF, and the five finalists will be invited (travel and lodging provided).

costs paid) to publicly discuss their work in front of a panel of high-level experts in Geneva.

The prize package will include networking possibilities.

How to Apply for the Geneva Challenge 2022

To enter The Geneva Challenge 2022, you must first register online and then submit your submission according to the requirements.

The deadline for registering is April 20, 2022.

The deadline for submissions is July 13, 2022.

For further information, go to the official website.

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