St. Gallen Wings Essay Competition 2021 / How To Apply (CFH 20,000 + Membership Benefits)

Compete in St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award – Global Essay Competition and be one of the top 100 contributors to qualify for an all-expenses covered participation as a Leader of Tomorrow in the world’s premier opportunity for cross-generational debates:


Submission Guidelines for St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award – Global Essay Competition 2021

  • Essay Question: A Matter of Trust: How Can Trust be Repaired When It’s Lost?
    In recent years, we have seen many reports about “trust crises” in the realms of politics, health, business, technology, science, and media. Political and corporate scandals, mass protests, and deteriorating trust indicators in global perception surveys support this diagnosis.
  • As a result, senior leaders in many of these sectors publicly aspire to « rebuild trust » in their decisions, products, or institutions. What would be your advice to them?
  • Choose an area in one of the above-mentioned sectors where you see evidence that citizens’, consumers’, regulators’, employees’ or other stakeholders’ trust has been lost.
  • Describe your example of an apparent loss of trust; offer concrete and practical proposals on repairing damaged trust. Describe your idea’s impact for the future.
  • The following criteria must be met:
  • Form: Essay (max. 2,100 words, excl. bibliography & footnotes)
  • Language: English
  • Deadline: 1 February 2021, 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.


St. Gallen Wings Essay competition
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  • Description of Ideal Candidate:
    To be eligible, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:
  • Enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate programme (master level or higher) in any field of study at a regular university.
  • Born in 1991 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 2021.
    Your contribution file with no indication of your name in the file name, the file metadata or the file itself.
  • Impress the JuryAll 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.

    Deadline: February 01, 2021
    Program Starts: May 07, 2021

    Program Ends: May 08, 2021
    Cost/funding for participants:

  • Fully Funded
  • Meet 300 of the world’s brightest young  and creative 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
  • Celebrate their 50th anniversary with them and Win prize money of CHF 20,000 split amongst winners.
  • The participation in the symposium is free for all Leaders of Tomorrow. Moreover, expenses for travel, board and lodging are covered by the ISC. However, they recommend bringing a small amount of pocket money for your convenience.

About the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award.

The St. Gallen Symposium is the world’s leading initiative for intergenerational debates on economic, political and social developments. The symposium takes place annually in May at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland.


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