1 February 2020, 11:59 p.m. last time zone (UTC-12)





St. Gallen symposium 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.

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Choose one of the following positions as you develop your essay:
In defence of freedom: Choose an area in the realm of business, economics, politics, or civil society where current concepts of freedom are under pressure and where they need to be defended. Describe the problem and offer a concrete and practical proposition of how established concepts of freedom should – and can be – defended. Describe its impact for the future.
In defence of recalibrating freedom: Choose an area in the realms of business, economics, politics or civil society where current concepts of freedom are unsuitable for the challenges we face and where they need to be recalibrated. Describe the problem and offer a concrete and practical proposition of how established concepts of freedom should and can be recalibrated. Describe its impact for the future.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Writing
  • Business
  • Politics
  • Civil Society
  • Economics.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

  • All essays must be submitted before February 1, 2020.
  • The results will be announced via e-mail by mid-March 2020.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • The applicant should enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate programme (master level or higher) in any field of study at a regular university.
  • The applicant should be born in 1990 or later.
  • We expect a professional, creative and thought-provoking essay. Be bold, unconventional, and distinctive on the competition question.
  • The Essay should be max. 2,100 words, excl. bibliography & footnotes in English.
  • Your name must not be mentioned anywhere in the contribution file.
  • Individual work expected, no group work allowed. The essay must be written exclusively for this contest. The idea must be the author’s own.
  • All sources must be cited and referred to the respective part in the essay. All contributions will be tested for plagiarism.

Opportunity Cost


The winners will have:

  • Win prize money of CHF 20,000 split amongst winners
  • Meet 300 of the world’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 of the St. Gallen symposium

How to Apply

First Step: Create your own account here.

Second Step: Complete the application form and 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 2020 (download sample document here)
  • Your contribution file with no indication of your name in the file name, the file metadata or the file itself

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This Scholarship Published by:
Amina Altesheh / Syria 

Reviewed by”Eman Morsy/ Egypt
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team