The Graduate Institute: Inviting applications for ‘The 2020 Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students’ to present innovative and pragmatic solutions to address the challenges of social inclusion.

Funding brief: Beyond rigorous analysis of a relevant problem area, submissions should bring forward innovative proposals to affect change. They welcome contributions by groups of 3 to 5 master students involving at least two different disciplinary backgrounds or an interdisciplinary perspective. Contributions must be both theoretically grounded and offer pragmatic solutions to an important relevant social political or economic problem stemming from The Challenges of

Social Inclusion. Innovation can relate to practices, process or technology.

This year, they will distribute five prizes, one per continent. The five finalist teams will be invited to come to Geneva for their project showcases and the award ceremony end of September 2020.

Five prizes will be distributed; one in each of the following categories (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

The 2020 Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students aims to present innovative and pragmatic solutions to address the challenges of social inclusion.

Donor Name: The Graduate Institute
Funding name: 2020: The Challenges of Social Inclusion (The 2020 Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students)

Deadline: An online registration form was made available from 16th, December, 2019 at
Registration ends on 23rd, March, 2019 before midnight – Central Europe Time (CET)
Submission deadline: 13th,07th, 2020

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit:
● All shortlisted submissions selected by the ASC are published and promoted (if authorised by the teams) on the Geneva Challenge website, providing visibility to the teams and their work.
● All members of the 5 finalist teams will be invited to come to Geneva for an oral presentation where they will defend their proposals and answer questions from the Jury and from the public.
 At least 2 members from each finalist team should confirm availability to come to Geneva for the oral presentation of their submission. If only one member is available or in case there is a lack of reaction to the invitation to come to Geneva after 7 days of the communication of the results will be considered as withdrawal from the competition.
● The finalists will also be present at the awards ceremony where the results of the contest will be announced preceded by a high level keynote speech on The Challenges of Social Inclusion.
● Travel expenses such as flights, visa requests and accommodation are covered by the organisation of the contest for this purpose.
● The presentations and submissions of the finalists will be promoted for information in relevant publications and international organisation fora, creating professional networking opportunities.
● The projects of the finalist teams will be showcased on the Youth Solutions platform of our partner, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Youth.
● The winning project will receive a cash prize of CHF 10’000 (ten thousand Swiss Francs). The two teams in second place will receive CHF 5’000 each. The two teams in third place, CHF 2’500 each.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: N/A
Project duration: N/A

Eligible organization: As below

● Participants of the ADG contest 2020 must be enrolled as graduate students at the time of their registration for the contest.
 They 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.
O 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:
O The name of the student;
O The program he/she is enrolled in;
O An issuance date up to three months before the registration date or
O 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.

Evaluation criteria
● The ADG contest offers an opportunity for master students to use theoretical tools to frame a development issue and offer a creative, feasible and potentially efficient solution to address the identified vulnerability. Thus the ASC and the Jury Panel will be looking for the following characters in the proposals:
 The relevance of the research question proposed by the team. It refers to submissions necessarily being able to identify a real world problem, not just an interesting research question, thus transposing the disconnect between academic and policy challenges.
 The entry must display analytical rigour and academic competence in the choice of sources, the structure of the arguments and in the ability to discuss, question and build upon previous perspectives on the topic (critical approach);
 Practicality of solutions and feasibility imbedded within the proposals. There should be development on why and how the idea presented is efficient to addressing the issue raised by the team;
 All submissions must be original and especially developed for participation in the 2020 ADG contest. Originality here implies that significative sections of other works should not be reused in the submission to the Geneva Challenge. Entries that have already participated in other contests will not be accepted. However ideas may be transposed from a different context and adapted to the specific problem the students decide to focus on.
 The outreach of the solution, that is, the amount of people that will directly or indirectly benefit from the project is not an evaluation criteria as long as the solution is potentially transposable (scalable) to similar situations.
 Regarding the finalist presentations in Geneva, the Jury will be looking into inter alia:
O The clarity of the oral presentations;
O The perspective of a practical linkage with the beneficiaries of the action proposed;
O The quality of the response to questions from the Jury and from the public. d) The oral presentation should ensure that the students do their work themselves but will not be crucial in defining ranking the finalists.
O The finalists will not attend each other’s presentations, so as to allow similar questions to be asked to each team and to avoid questioning the decision on the final ranking.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail:

Other important link:
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How to apply: Submissions must be sent by email to:  before midnight 12 am (Central Europe Time (CET)), on 13th, July, 2020.
● Entries must include an abstract and a project. The abstract should be one page long and should include short biographies of each team member, a brief description of the problem addressed by the project and the solution, specifying in which way the proposed solution will make a difference.
● Projects will have a maximum length of 8000 (eight thousand) words excluding all notes, graphics and references and must be written in English or French.
● The submissions will combine theoretical analyses, creativity, critical thinking on technical assistance, capacity building and on the agency of development.
● Entries must be original. All long listed works will go through a check for plagiarism before being forwarded to the Jury members as semi-finalists of the 2020 Geneva Challenge.FundForBangladesh-BorderVisit all Funding opportunities: Click to view

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