The Challenges of Loneliness is the Geneva Challenge 2023 (Awards upto CHF 25,000)

Deadline: the 23rd of April 2023 | The Challenges of Loneliness is the Geneva Challenge 2023

The 10th Edition of the Geneva Challenge 2023 is currently accepting applications. The Sponsor of the Geneva Challenge project is a Swiss Ambassador Jenö Staehelin. And run by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. It aims to promote master students’ interdisciplinary problem-solving analysis on advancing human development within the context of a relevant topic.

Students will create proposals on “The Challenges of Loneliness” based on analysis this year.

They are inviting Master students from all academic programs and from any country. To offer useful strategic recommendations because the solution to this problem must cross traditional boundaries between academic disciplines. There will be five prizes, one for each continent.


The ADG competition awards cash prizes totaling 25,000 CHF. The winning project will receive CHF 10,000, followed by CHF 5,000 for each of the two teams in second place. And CHF 2,500 for each of the two teams in third place.


  • At the time of their registration for the ADG contest 2022, contestants have to be graduate students.
  • Teams of three to five graduate students must form for the competition. They should include an interdisciplinary approach or at least two different disciplinary perspectives in the analysis they submit.
  • 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.

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