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St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow Essay Competition 2022 (CHF 20,000+Funded to Switzerland)

Compete for St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow Essay Competition 2022 and qualify for participation as a «Leader of Tomorrow» in the world’s premier opportunity for intergenerational debates: The St. Gallen Symposium.  

Application Deadline: 1st February, 2021 11:59 p.m. last time zone (UTC-12)

Offered annually? Yes

St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow Essay:

Collaborative Advantage: what should be written into a new intergenerational contract?

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 have 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 how inter-generational fairness can be restored or reinvented. Explain your idea’s impact for the future.

  • Form: Essay (max. 2,100 words)
  • Language: English
  • 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
  • Citation: All sources must be cited and referred to the respective part in the essay. All contributions will be tested for plagiarism.

Eligible Countries: All

To be taken at (country): St. Gallen, Switzerland.

About the St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow Essay Competition: Meet 300 of society’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. Celebrate our 50th anniversary with us. Win prize money of CHF 20,000 split amongst the three winners.

Type: Essay Contest

Eligibility: To be eligible, candidate must fulfil 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 1992 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 (download sample document here)
  • Your contribution file with no indication of your name in the file name, the file metadata or the file itself

Selection Criteria: All contributions will be evaluated according to specific 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.

Number of Awardees: 3

Value of St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow Essay Award: Expenses for travel, board and lodging covered, travel service provided. The award is endowed with a total prize money of CHF 20,000

Duration of St. Gallen Symposium Program: 51st St. Gallen Symposium (5–6 May 2022).

How to Apply for St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow Essay Competition: Apply here

In addition to your contribution, make sure to upload

  • 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

in the applicable field of the registration form.

Visit Award Webpage for details

Award Providers: 35 students from the University of St. Gallen, working on an honorary basis and supported by over 350 partners.

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