Our debates matter.

We live in times where healthy debates driven by tomorrow's generation are needed more than ever.

600 Leaders of Today will join 200 Leaders of Tomorrow to debate on «Proudly Small» from 7–8 May 2015 in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Essay Competition

Seize your opportunity. 

Take part in the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award to qualify for participation as a «Leader of Tomorrow» in the world’s premier opportunity for intergenerational debates: The St. Gallen Symposium. 

  • Join the debate with 600 top global decision makers
  • Share your thoughts and visions with the global elite
  • Expenses for travel, board and lodging covered, travel service provided
  • Meet 200 of the world’s brightest young minds
  • Small and intimate gatherings with world leaders, exclusively for the Leaders of Tomorrow
  • Become member of a truly unique and strong global community
  • EUR 20,000.– prize money shared by the three winners
  • Receive a Swiss luxury watch with personal winners' engraving
  • Broad media coverage of your winning contribution

Qualify with a great contribution.

For next year's competition, answer one of the three competition questions from your own unique perspective on the topic «Proudly Small» to prove yourself as a true Leader of Tomorrow. We expect professional and thought-provoking work which could be an essay, a video or a multimedia presentation. Be unconventional, bold and constructive to convince the jury. The following criteria must be met:

 Form Essay (max. 2100 words), Video or Presentation (max. 15 minutes)
 Language English
 Deadline1 February 2015, 11:59 p.m. last time zone
 Anonymity Your name must not be mentioned anywhere in the contribution file
 Individuality Individual work expected, no group work allowed

Check your eligibility and prepare documents.

To be eligible, you must fulfil all of the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate program (master level or higher) in any field of study at a regular university
  • Born in 1985 or later

Make sure you can provide the following documents:

  • Copy of passport or other identification (in English for non-Roman languages)
  • Confirmation of matriculation / enrolment from your university which proves your enrolment in a graduate/postgraduate level programme as of 1 February 2015 (download sample document here)
  • Your contribution file with no indication of your name in the file name, the file metadata or the file itself.

Impress the Jury.

All contributions will be evaluated according to specific criteria by an independent jury composed of professors, corporate executives, entrepreneurs and politicians. The authors of the best 100 contributions will be invited to join the next St. Gallen Symposium, while the three best are bestowed with the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award.

Apply for the competition and compete.

Read through the following instructions and apply for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2015 (for full-screen application form, please click here):

Apply now

Compete for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2015 to become a Leader of Tomorrow at the 45th St. Gallen Symposium.

Essay Competition Questions

Select one of the three competition questions of the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2015 and try your best to convince the jury.

Encourage your students

Professors and University staff are invited to encourage their students to compete for participation in the 45th St. Gallen Symposium. Please use our official information material. 


Meet this year's winners and read their contributions.