Geneva Challenge 2023: The Challenges of Loneliness (25,000 CHF in prizes)

Deadline: April 23, 2023

Applications for the 10th Edition of the Geneva Challenge 2023 are now open. The Geneva Challenge, hosted by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, is a project funded by Swiss Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and aims to encourage interdisciplinary problem-solving analysis among master students on advancing human development within the scope of a relevant topic.

This year, students are invited to develop analysis-based proposals on “The Challenges of Loneliness”.

As the key to this issue is an interdisciplinary solution, crossing traditional boundaries between academic disciplines, they are inviting Master students from all academic programmes and from anywhere in the world to provide helpful strategic recommendations. Five prizes, one per continent, will be distributed.


  • The ADG contest distributes 25,000 CHF in monetary prizes. The winning project will be awarded CHF 10,000; the two teams in second place will receive CHF 5,000 each and the two teams in third place, CHF 2,500 each.


  • Participants of the ADG contest 2022 must be enrolled as graduate students at the time of their registration for the contest.
  • Participants must gather in teams of 3 to 5 graduate students. In the submitted analysis, they should contribute with an interdisciplinary approach or from at least 2 different disciplinary perspectives.
  • 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.

Selection Process

  • Submissions are evaluated by an interdisciplinary academic steering committee that will select three submissions per category to be published on the competition’s 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 (travel and accommodation expenses covered) to an oral presentation in Geneva, where they will defend their ideas and answer questions from the jury. The finalists will also be invited to an awards ceremony where the contest results will be announced, preceded by a high-level keynote speech.


Teams of 3-5 master students must submit an 8,000 words proposal which:

  • identifies a challenge related to loneliness;
  • constructs an interdisciplinary analysis on how it affects different aspects of development in a specific (but transposable) context;
  • proposes innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into a development opportunity.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Geneva Challenge.