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Call for Proposals: 2018 edition of The Geneva Challenge – The Challenges of Climate Change

Proposal submissions are now open for the 2018 edition of The Geneva Challenge – an international competition for graduate students.

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The 2018 edition of the Geneva Challenge is a project funded by Swiss Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and is supported by Kofi Annan, 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. This year, students are invited to develop analysis-based proposals on “The Challenges of Climate Change.”

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and has become 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, graduate students from all academic programmes are welcome to submit proposals.

Selection Process:

Submissions will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary academic steering committee who 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.

Teams of 3-5 master students must submit a 8,000-word proposal which:

  • identify a challenge stemming from climate change;
  • 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.

Key dates: 

Registrations close on 16th April 2018.

Submission due by 20th August 2018.

For more information on the challenge, including details on how to submit your proposal, click here.

You can also The Geneva Challenge Facebook page.