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The St Gallen Symposium Global Essay Competition 2022

The St. Gallen Symposium: Global Essay Competition

Fully Funded
Country: Switzerland
May 05 - May 06, 2022
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Compete in the Global Essay Competition and qualify for participation for cross-generational debates: The St. Gallen Symposium.

About The St. Gallen Symposium

You will have an opportunity to meet 300 of society’s brightest young minds as well as present and debate your ideas with 600 senior leaders and get inspiration from some of the world’s most impressive speakers. In addition, you can win prize money of CHF 20,000 split amongst the three winners.

Participation in the symposium is free for all Leaders of Tomorrow. Moreover, expenses for travel, board and lodging are covered by the ISC.


  • Enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate program at a regular university
  • Born in 1992 or later

Required Documents

  • Copy of passport or other identification (in English for non-Roman languages)
  • Confirmation of enrolment from your university in a graduate/postgraduate level programme as of 1 February 2022
  • Also, your contribution file with no indication of your name in the file name, the file metadata or the file itself

Topic Question

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

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 ageing in many countries, there still are challenges for the generational contract and notions of intergenerational fairness. Members of the younger generation are raising their voices as they reflect on how current decision-makers are compromising their future.

What’s your specific and actionable idea for a new generational contract? Choose an area where you see evidence that intergenerational fairness is or will have challenges and where the generational contract needs a rewrite. Potential areas include business strategy and the economy, inclusive governance and education, the welfare state and health care, environmental sustainability as well as the world of work. Describe your problem and offer concrete and practical proposals on how we can restore or reinvent inter-generational fairness. Explain your idea’s impact on the future.

Rules for the Essay

  • Only individual submissions are allowed.
  • The maximum amount of words is 2,100
  • Quote all the sources
  • Do not mention your name, e-mail address, university as well as any other identifying details anywhere in the contribution file.
  • Moreover, your work must be plagiarism free as well as original work
  • hand in your essay in either doc, Docx or pdf format.
  • Also, the document must allow copying the text easily
  • In addition, the essay must be in English


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards Conferences
Event Date05 May,2022 to 06 May,2022
Deadline01 February,2022
FieldEssay Competition
Open tograduate or postgraduate students
OrganizerThe St. Gallen Symposium
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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