St Gallen Symposium Essay Competition

Deadline: 1 February 2018
Open to: applicants who are enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate program (master level or higher) in any field of study at a regular university
Benefits: around EUR 25645.12– prize money shared by the three winners

Description

The St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award is the world’s most prestigious essay competition aimed at graduate students. It requires bright ideas, excellent writing skills, and a critical mind to impress the jury. The top 100 contributors are selected by an independent jury to attend our symposium, while the finalists have to take to the symposium’s big stage to defend their ideas in front of the jury and the Leaders of Today.

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.

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must fulfill 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 1988 or later.

Benefits

  • 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;
  • Celebrate the symposium’s 30th competition since 1989;
  • Around EUR 25645.12– prize money shared by the three winners;
  • Small and intimate gatherings with world leaders, exclusively for the Leaders of Tomorrow;
  • Broad media coverage;
  • Become a member of a truly unique and strong global community.

How to apply?

In order to apply, please fill the application.

Make sure you can provide the following documents:

  • Copy of passport or other identification (in English for non-Roman languages);
  • Confirmation of matriculation/enrollment from your university which proves your enrollment in a graduate/postgraduate level programme as of 1 February 2018;
  • Your contribution file with no indication of your name in the file name, the file metadata or the file itself.

For more information, please visit the official web page.

» Competition 2018 closed. Next competition starts this autumn. «

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
  • CHF 20,000 prize money shared by the three winners
  • Small and intimate gatherings with world leaders, exclusively for the Leaders of Tomorrow
  • Broad media coverage
  • Become member of a truly unique and strong global community

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:

 FormEssay (max. 2,100 words, excl. bibliography & footnotes)
 LanguageEnglish
 Deadline1 February 2019, 11:59 p.m. last time zone (UTC-12)
 AnonymityYour name must not be mentioned anywhere in the contribution file
 IndividualityIndividual work expected, no group work allowed. The essay must be written exclusively for this contest. The idea must be the author's own. 
 CitationAll 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 1989 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 2018 (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. 

Pre-register for the next competition. 

Pre-register for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2019 in order to receive regular updates on the next symposium, the start of the competition, the competition question, and any other details helping you to make your application a success.

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