50th St. Gallen Symposium "Freedom Revisited": 7–8 May 2020

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Essay Competition

Your gateway to St. Gallen, and much more.

Compete for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award and 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 leaders and decision makers
  • Share your thoughts, ideas 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 and become member of a truly unique and strong global community
  • CHF 20,000 prize money shared by the three winners
  • Small and intimate gatherings with world leaders, exclusively for the Leaders of Tomorrow

Qualify with an excellent essay.

We expect a professional, creative and thought-provoking essay. Be bold, unconventional, and distinctive on the competition question, which will be announced in autumn 2018 for the next competition.
 
The following criteria must be met:

 Form

Essay (max. 2,100 words, excl. bibliography & footnotes)

 Language

English

 Deadline

1 February 2020, 11:59 p.m. last time zone (UTC-12)

 Anonymity

Your name must not be mentioned anywhere in the contribution file

 Individuality

Individual work expected, no group work allowed. The essay must be written exclusively for this contest. The idea must be the author's own. 

 Citation

All sources must be cited and referred to the respective part in the essay. All contributions will be tested for plagiarism. 

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 1990 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 enrollment in a graduate/postgraduate level programme as of 1 February 2019 (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 equally according to a specific set of criteria by an independent jury composed of professors, corporate executives, and entrepreneurs. The authors of the best 100 contributions qualify as Leaders of Tomorrow and will be invited by the ISC to the next St. Gallen Symposium. The very best competitors will have the chance to present and discuss their ideas on the symposium's big stage and also in other conferencing formats. The award will be bestowed to the three best competitors, the selection will be based upon the quality of the essays only. 

Essay Question.

The essay question will be announced shortly.

Competition is closed

The registration for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2020 will open in October.

Pre-register for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2020

 

 

 

 

Essay Review

Since 2010, we have been publishing a review that captures the very best ideas submitted to our global student essay competition. Our essay review identifies and analyses the most interesting findings of the top 50 to 80 student contributions to the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award.

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