Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Learn more about us and how you can contribute to the Press here!

Who runs The Graduate Press (TGP)?

The Graduate Press is an independent, volunteer-run press published by students from the Graduate Institute. We are separate from the Graduate Institute, and the Graduate Institute Student Association (GISA). Our articles reflect the experiences, interests, and opinions of the student community at IHEID.

Who writes for The Graduate Press? 

Articles published by The Graduate Press can be written by :

  1. The Editorial Board;
  2. Staff Writers;
  3. Individual students or alumni from the Graduate Institute.

Who can submit an article to The Graduate Press? 

The Graduate Press accepts submissions from:

  1. Students currently enrolled at the Graduate Institute;
  2. Alumni of the Graduate Institute;
  3. Visiting students who, at the time of their submission, are enrolled in a program, following a course, or writing their thesis in partnership with the Graduate Institute’s faculty.

Can my submission be refused? 

It is TGP policy to not turn down any submission in order to provide all student voices and perspectives the opportunity to be published and heard. However, The Graduate Press does not publish any material that includes the following:

  1. Defamatory speech;
  2. Hate speech;
  3. Inciting any kind of violent acts;
  4. Misinformation and disinformation;
  5. Intended use for political propaganda.

Our submission guidelines can be found here: TGP: Submission Guidelines 

Can I only submit written pieces? 

The Graduate Press welcomes submission of different kinds of creative expression, including opinion pieces, feature articles, poetry, stories, photo galleries, photo essays, artworks, and more! Submissions can be featured on our website, as well as our biannual Print Edition. 

Where should I send my submission? 

You can send your submission to gisa.thegraduate@graduateinstitute.ch.

What happens after I send my submission? 

Once we receive and deliberate on your piece, an editor will be assigned to you as your point of reference in case you have comments, questions, or concerns. The editor will give you edits, suggestions, and feedback to improve your article and ensure it meets journalistic standards. Once all comments have been approved by both parties, your submission will be published according to our posting schedule.

How long does it take for a submission to be published?

There is no specific timeline, though our policy is to publish submissions within two weeks of their arrival. Usually we follow a “first come, first served” policy,  unless there are exceptional circumstances that require us to act differently. 

It is important to note that the Editorial Board has the sole discretion to decide the publication date of any submission.

Do you write articles on commission? 

The members of our Editorial Board are working on a pro-bono, voluntary basis, thus doing our best to contribute to our student community in our free time. We usually spend 10-15 hours per week handling article submissions, publication timelines, and other matters related to the press. 

Therefore, we will be delighted to help or collaborate with you for any piece you’re interested in publishing, but we will unfortunately not be able to write on commission.

Do you collaborate with student initiatives? 

We love to collaborate with all others at the Graduate Institute, including all initiatives! We’ve had the pleasure to work together with different initiatives on various columns and for the coverage of major events, all of which can be found on our website. 

Due to our commitment to impartiality as a press, we do not write articles with the intent of promoting specific events or initiatives. However, we are always happy to publish pieces if they come from an independent student

How can I become a Graduate Press Writer? 

Reach out to us! We will add you to our WhatsApp Group and you will be able to write for us when we need your help to cover specific topics. You will be assigned to work under the guidance of one of our editors – some of them are experienced, professional journalists from across the globe!

Can I write anonymously? 

We grant anonymity on a case-by-case basis. Our standard policy on anonymity can be found here: TGP: Policy on Anonymity