Application for the St Gallen Symposium Essay Competition 2020 is now open. There is a 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 recalibrationof 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:Choose an area in the realm of business, economics, politics, or civil society where current concepts of freedom are under pressure and where they need to be defended.Describe the problem and offer a concrete and practical proposition of how established concepts of freedom should – and can be – defended.Describe its impact for the future.
In defense of recalibrating freedom: Choose an area in the realms of business, economics, politics or civil society where current concepts of freedom are unsuitable for the challenges we face and where they need to be recalibrated.Describe the problem and offer a concrete and practical proposition of how established concepts of freedom should and can be recalibrated.Describe its impact for the future.
- Event: The St Gallen Symposium’s Essay Competition.
- Essay Question : Freedom Revisited. Which aspects of freedom need to be defended, or recalibrated, to meet the challenges of our time?.
- Number of Awards: 3 Winners and 100 Leader of Tomorrow (for the top 100 essays).
- Date: 7–8 May 2020.
- Target group: Open to all nationalities.
St Gallen Symposium Essay Competition Benefits
The St Gallen Symposium Essay Competition provides successful applicants with the followings:
- A prize money of CHF 20,000 split amongst winners.
- Flights or train tickets and shuttle service from and to the airport are provided.
- All Leaders of Tomorrow also receive a free ticket for the public transport in St Gallen during the week of the symposium.
- Meet 300 of the world’s brightest young minds.
- Present and debate your ideas with 600 senior leaders.
- Be inspired by some of the world’s most impressive speakers.
- Gain a unique and new perspective on this year’s topic.
- Become a member of a unique global community and celebrate our 50th anniversary with them.
Note:If the jury selects your essay in the top 100, you qualify as a Leader of Tomorrow.
St Gallen Symposium Essay Competition Eligibility
To be eligible for a St Gallen Symposium Essay Competition, an applicant must:
- Enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate programme (master level or higher) in any field of study at a regular university
- Born in 1990 or later
- The maximum amount of words is 2,100 (excluding bibliography or graph descriptions and the like).
- 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.
- Must send their essay in either a doc, docx or pdf format. The document must allow to copy the text easily (no document protections).
Note: In the context of the Global Essay Competition, a regular university is defined as an institution of higher education that also conducts research and offers at least one PhD programme. Exceptions are possible and are granted on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants must click on the apply button below, create an account and follow instructions to submit an application. In addition, make sure to upload the following documents:
- a copy of your passport (or any other official government ID but no driver’s license) to verify your age
- a confirmation of matriculation from your university confirming your graduate or postgraduate student status as of February 2020
- a short abstract (200–300 words) which can be entered in the registration form directly.