Full Paid Travel Opportunity to Switzerland in Essay Competition to Win Cash Prizes

Date limite : 01 févr. 2020

Organisation à but non lucratif: St. Gallen Symposium

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Niveau d'études: Troisième cycle

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Full Paid Travel Opportunity to Switzerland in Essay Competition to Win Cash Prizes

St. Gallen Symposium offers a Global Essay Competition, you will get the chance to win 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.

The Essay Theme:

The essay theme for this year's competition will be "Freedom Revisited: Which aspects of freedom need to be defended, or recalibrated, to meet the challenges of our time?" 

Domestically and on the international stage, values of individual, economic, and political freedom are subject to a critical inquiry or outright attack. Diverse phenomena such as populism, global power shifts, climate change, the digital revolution, and global migration call for a reflection on the value of freedom for the way we live, do business and organize politically in the years ahead. While some call for a defense of established freedoms, others call for a recalibration of our concept of freedom, or the balance we strike between freedom and other values, such as equality, sustainability, and security. Where do you stand in this debate? Choose one of the following positions as you develop your essay; In defense of freedom or In defense of recalibrating freedom.

Participation 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
  • English language essay (max. 2,100 words, excl. bibliography & footnotes)
  • Your name must not be mentioned anywhere in the contribution file
  • Individual work expected, no group work allowed. The essay must be written exclusively for this contest. The idea must be the author's own
  • All sources must be cited and referred to as the respective part of the essay. All contributions will be tested for plagiarism

Required 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 program as of 1 February 2020 (download sample document here)
  • Your contribution file with no indication of your name in the file name, the file metadata or the file itself


 If the jury selects your essay in the top 100, you qualify as a Leader of Tomorrow for expenses-paid participation in the 50th St. Gallen Symposium (7–8 May 2020). The results will be announced via e-mail by mid-March 2020. The jury selects the three awardees based on the quality of the idea on paper. The award is endowed with total prize money of CHF 20,000. In addition, there will be a chance for the very best competitors (including the awardees) to present their ideas on the big stage at the symposium. For this, the students will be asked to pitch their idea on video beforehand. 

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