Wednesday, November 30, 2022

St Gallen Symposium Essay Competition for Graduate Students, 2022

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TYPE: Prize, Competition
OPEN TO: All
PLACE: St. Gallen
STATUS: Closed

Application for the St Gallen Symposium Essay Competition 2022 is now opened. The idea of a “generational contract” embodies the principles that younger and older generations rely on each other to provide mutual support across different stages of their lives. Inclusive education systems, sustainable welfare states, and meaningful environmental action are some of many challenges requiring a cross-generational collaborative effort.

Yet, with the climate crisis, rapid technological change, and societal aging in many countries, the generational contract, and notions of intergenerational fairness has been challenged. Members of the younger generation are raising their voices as they reflect on how their futures are being compromised by current decision-makers. What’s your specific and actionable idea that should be written into a new generational contract?

Choose an area where you see evidence that intergenerational fairness is – or, going forward, will be – challenged and where the generational contract needs to be rewritten. Potential areas include, but are not limited to, business strategy and the economy, inclusive governance and education, the welfare state and health care, environmental sustainability, or the world of work. Describe your problem and offer concrete and practical proposals on how inter-generational fairness can be restored or reinvented. Explain your idea’s impact on the future.

Programme Details

  • Event: The St Gallen Symposium’s Essay Competition, Switzerland.
  • Essay Question : Collaborative Advantage: what should be written into a new intergenerational contract?
  • Number of Awards: 3 Winners and 100 Leaders of Tomorrow (for the top 100 essays).
  • Date: 5–6 May 2022.
  • Target group: Open to all nationalities.

St Gallen Symposium Essay Competition Benefits

The St Gallen Symposium Essay Competition provides successful applicants with the followings:

  1. Prize money of CHF 20,000 split amongst winners.
  2. Flights or train tickets and shuttle service from and to the airport are provided.
  3. All Leaders of Tomorrow also receive a free ticket for the public transport in St Gallen during the week of the symposium.
  4. Meet 300 of the world’s brightest young minds.
  5. Present and debate your ideas with 600 senior leaders.
  6. Be inspired by some of the world’s most impressive speakers.
  7. Gain a unique and new perspective on this year’s topic.
  8. 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 program (master level or higher) in any field of study at a regular university
  • Born in 1991 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 program. Exceptions are possible and are granted on a case-by-case basis.

Other opportunities

  1. 25 Undergraduate, Master & PhD Scholarships for All (Currently Open);
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  4. Turkish Government Research Scholarship.

Application instructions

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:

  1. a copy of your passport (or any other official government ID but no driver’s license) to verify your age
  2. a confirmation of matriculation from your university confirming your graduate or postgraduate student status as of February 2022
  3. a short abstract (200–300 words) which can be entered in the registration form directly.

The deadline to submit applications is . For more details on the St Gallen Symposium Essay Competition, please visit the official page. To be the first to see latest opportunities, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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