Tuesday, January 15, 2019

[Master Degree] The Geneva Challenge - Advancing Development Goals, Switzerland (Fully Funded)

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.
The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is pleased to announce the 2019 edition of the Geneva Challenge – Advancing Development Goals International Contest for graduate students. This year, master students are invited to develop analysis-based proposals on “The Challenges of Global Health”.
The 2019 edition of the Geneva Challenge is a project funded by Swiss Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and was supported by the late Kofi Annan as the high-patron of the contest. The Geneva Challenge aims to encourage interdisciplinary problem solving analysis among master students on advancing human development within the scope of a relevant topic.

Global Health is a defining challenge of tomorrow’s world and is a critical concern for both developing and developed countries. As the key to this issue is an interdisciplinary solution, crossing traditional boundaries between academic disciplines, we are inviting master students from all academic programmes to provide helpful strategic recommendations.

Teams of 3-5 master students must submit an 8,000 word proposal which:
  • identify a challenge stemming from global health;
  • construct an interdisciplinary analysis on how it affects different aspects of development in a specific (but transposable) context;
  • propose innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into development opportunity. 
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  • The Geneva Challenge 2019 will distribute 25’000 CHF in monetary prizes
  • The five finalist teams, one team per continent, will be invited to publicly present their work in Geneva before a panel of high-level experts. (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
  • Networking opportunities are also envisioned as part of the prize package.
  • Participants of the ADG contest 2019 must be enrolled as graduate students at the time of their registration for the contest.
    • We consider “graduate students” to be anyone enrolled in a post bachelor level university programme with a maximum duration of 2 (two) years, or anyone who can prove to be studying towards acquiring a masters level degree.
  • Participants must gather in teams of 3 (three) to 5 (five) graduate students. In the submitted analysis, they should contribute with an interdisciplinary approach or from at least 2 (two) different disciplinary perspectives.
    • No participation on an individual basis will be admitted.
    • The participants can be enrolled in a same graduate programme or can collaborate with students from other programmes from the university they are enrolled in or coordinate with students from different universities and institutions worldwide. 
    • The category in which the team will be placed for the contest will be based on the continent of the universities predominantly represented within the team.
      • In case, there is an equal representation of continents within the team, the team decides in which category they wish to compete. 

  • All team members must provide a scanned copy of a document that serves as proof of enrolment as a graduate student before the registration of the team can be confirmed and validated.
  • Any official document issued by the academic institution the student is affiliated to is accepted as proof of enrolment as long as it contains:
    • a) The name of the student;
    • b) The program he/she is enrolled in;
    • c) An issuance date up to three months before the registration date or
    • d) Validity beyond the registration date.
  • Exceptionally, we might accept the registration of students who are transitioning into  graduate studies, as long as they have already been accepted in a graduate student programme at the time of the registration. 

How to Apply: 
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  • Registration deadline : 24 March 2019
  • Submission deadline : 15 July 2019

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