The Advancing Development Goals Contest for Graduates Students

Deadline: 30 April 2015
Open to: enrolled graduate students worldwide
Prize: 17,500 CHF in monetary prizes


The Graduate Student Geneva with the support of Ambassador Jenö Staehelin is launching the second edition of the Advancing Development Goals Contest, an international competition for graduate students. In 2015 the challenge is to discuss how return migration can contribute to social or economic development. 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.

The contest invites teams of students to:

  • identify a challenge stemming from return migration;
  • construct an interdisciplinary theoretical analysis on how it affects social or economic development in a specific (but transposable) context;
  • propose innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into development opportunity.


In order to be eligible participants must be enrolled graduate students: anyone enrolled in a post-bachelor level university program with a maximum duration of 2 years, or anyone who can prove to be studying towards acquiring a masters level degree. Participants must gather in teams of 3 to 5 graduate students, who are able to contribute from at least 2 different disciplinary perspectives to the submitted analysis.


The ADG contest 2015 will distribute 17,500 CHF in monetary prizes:

  • First prize: 10,000 CHF
  • Second prize: 5,000 CHF
  • Third prize: 2,500 CHF


In order to enter the competition teams need to register HERE. Each group must chose a team leader who will be the main focus point for communication with the organization of the contest.

Submissions must be sent by email to: [email protected] and [email protected] by 30 April 2015. Entries must be original, written in English or French and will have a maximum length of 8000 words including all notes and references.

For further information please visit the official website.

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