St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow Global Essay Competition

The St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award is a global student essay competition, offering students who study at graduate or postgraduate level around the world the opportunity to apply for participation at the St. Gallen Symposium. The application deadline for the St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow Global Essay Competition is 1 February 2021, 11:59 p.m.

When you compete in the St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow Global Essay Competition, you may be one of the top 100 contributors to qualify for an all-expenses covered participation as a Leader of Tomorrow at The St. Gallen Symposium.

1.0 Why You Need To Participate?

The symposium gives you an opportunity to meet 300 of society’s brightest young minds. In addition, you will be able to achieve the following:

  • 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 our 50th anniversary with the team.
  • Win prize money of CHF 20,000 split amongst the three winners.


Also, note the following:

  • The participation in the symposium is free for all Leaders of Tomorrow.
  • Expenses for travel, board and lodging are covered by the ISC. However, it is recommended you bring a small amount of pocket money for your convenience.
  • All Leaders of Tomorrow receive a free ticket for the public transport in St. Gallen during the week of the symposium.

2.0 What Is The Essay Topic?

The essay topic is “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.

3.0 What Are The Prerequisites?

Qualify with an excellent essay

St. Gallen Symposium expect a professional, creative and thought-provoking essay. Be bold, unconventional, and distinctive on the competition question.

For your contribution to be valid, you must meet the criteria below:

Form Essay (max. 2,100 words, excl. abstract, bibliography, and footnotes)
Language English
Deadline 1 February 2021, 11:59 p.m. last time zone (UTC-12)
Anonymity Your name, e-mail address, university, or any identifying details 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.

Eligibility and required documents

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

Also, ensure 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 2021. You can download sample document here.
  • Your contribution file with no indication of your name in the file name, the file metadata or the file itself

Finally, for more information about the competition, visit the official website of the St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow Essay Competition 2021.

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