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St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Essay Competition Award 2016

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open01-Feb-2016
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AwardCash Prize of Swiss Franc (CHF) 20,000 which is nearly about Rs 13,36,810
EligibilityCollege Students
RegionAbroad
Scholarship provider contact details

St. Gallen Symposium 
Dufourstrasse 83 
P.O. Box 1045
9001 St. Gallen
Switzerland
info@symposium.org
phone +41 71 227 20 20 
fax +41 71 227 20 30

What is St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Essay Competition Award 2016?

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

  • Join the debate with 600 top global leaders and decision makers
  • Share your thoughts, ideas and visions with the global elite
  • Expenses for travel, board and lodging covered, travel service provided
  • Meet 200 of the world’s brightest young minds
  • Small and intimate gatherings with world leaders, exclusively for the Leaders of Tomorrow
  • CHF 20,000.– prize money shared by the three winners
  • Broad media coverage
  • Become member of a truly unique and strong global community

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

To be eligible, you must fulfil all of the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate program (master level or higher) in any field of study at a regular university
  • Born in 1986 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 enrolment in a graduate/postgraduate level programme as of 1 February 2016
  • Your contribution file with no indication of your name in the file name, the file metadata or the file itself

How can you apply ?

1. Register now to get regular updates, advice and valuable information on the competition and the symposium.

2. Read the competition requirements and the eligibility criteria as outlined here. Attention to those who have competed already in the past:there are quite a few important changes compared to our previous competitions, please read all requirements carefully!

3. Your contribution must answer the competition question as outlined here.

4. Login your competition account, skim over the application form and read the terms and conditions of the competition.

5. Complete the application form and hand in your contribution no later than by Monday, 1 February 2016 (23:59 p.m., last time zone).

6. If the jury selects your essay in the top 100, you qualify as a Leader of Tomorrow for an expenses-covered participation in the 46th St. Gallen Symposium (11–13 May 2016). The results will be announced via e-mail by mid-March 2016.

7. You qualify as a semi-finalist to compete for the prestigious St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2016 if the jury selects your essay for the top 20. You will be asked mid-March to pitch the essence of your essay in a 3-minute video presentation.

8. The jury selects you as a finalist if your essay and your video presentation makes it in the top 6. You will be invited to present and defend your idea on the big stage of the 46th St. Gallen Symposium.

9. The jury selects the three award winners based on both the quality of the essay and the performance on stage. The award is endowed with a total prize money of CHF 20,000.

10. In case of any questions, please contact the ISC-Team at award@symposium.org

11. Be bold, creative and ambitious to surprise global leaders with your own unique idea - an idea that shall inspire and provoke the minds of hundreds of global current and future leaders!

FAQs

General Questions

Who can compete for a participation as Leader of Tomorrow at the St. Gallen Symposium?
Students enrolled at a regular university, who are matriculated in a graduate or postgraduate programme.

How can I become a member of the Support Crew or the ISC Team?
The Support Crew and the International Students’ Committee are only open to students of the University of St. Gallen. If this applies to you, further information can be found here.

What is the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award? 
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. Further information can be found here.

What is the Knowledge Pool? 
The Knowledge Pool is a group of Leaders of Tomorrow with a strong affiliation to topics of relevance to the St. Gallen Symposium. They show outstanding track records in the particular fields they work or study. They are hand-selected by the International Students' Committee. It is not possible to apply for membership in the Knowledge Pool.

How much does it cost to participate? 
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, we recommend bringing a small amount of pocket money for your convenience.

Essay Competition

Who is eligible for the 46th St. Gallen Symposium?
Students enrolled at a regular university, who are matriculated in a graduate or postgraduate programme as of 1 February 2016, from any field of study, born in 1986 or later. 

What is a “regular university”?
In the context of the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award, a regular university is defined as an institution of higher education that also conducts research and offers at least one PhD programme. Exceptions are possible and are granted on a case-by-case basis.

Can Bachelor students participate?
Unfortunately, students on bachelor level do not fulfil the eligibility criteria and therefore cannot enter the competition. There is no other way to apply for participation and we, therefore, encourage all students to join the competition once they pursue with their studies at graduate level. You may, however, be eligible if the level of study in your current year is equivalent to international graduate level which must be confirmed in writing by your university.

Can teams participate?
Only individual submissions are allowed as we can only grant participation to one contender per contribution.

How long should the contribution be? 
The maximum amount of words is 2’100 (excluding bibliography or graph descriptions and the like). There is no minimum word count. Please make sure to state the exact word count in you document. Also keep in mind that you must not state your name in the contribution. 

Do I have to quote my sources?
All sources must be quoted and all essays are scanned for plagiarism. You must referr each source to the respective text passage. Please note that plagiarism is a serious offense and that we reserve the right to take further steps in case of deliberate fraud. Self-plagiarism will also result in disqualification, as the work has to be written exclusively for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award.

What file formats are accepted?
Please make sure to hand in your essay in either a doc, docx or pdf format. The document must allow to copy the text easily (no document protections). 

What documents do I need to submit?

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 2016
  • a short abstract (200–300 words) which can be entered in the registration form directly in the applicable field of the registration form

What happens after I submitted my application?

The ISC will verify your eligibility and check all submitted documents for completeness and readability. Due to the large amount of essays our response times might take some time, so thank you for your patience. Afterwards, the anonymised documents are sent to the Preliminary Jury who pre-selects the essays for the Main Jury. Finally, the Main Jury nominates the three best contributions.

Who’s in the jury?
The Award Jury consists of leading executives, journalists and professors from all around the world. The Academic Jury is composed of young top academics from the University of St. Gallen and the ETH Zurich.

When will the results be announced?
The jury’s decision will be announced by mid-March the latest.

Participation

What’s the Pre-Programme?
During the Pre-Programme the Leaders of Tomorrow get to know each other, start building a longlasting community and prepare themselves to challenge the Leaders of Today at eye-level during the Main Programme. Various workshops are conducted in collaboration with selected speakers and partners. The Pre-Programme is mandatory for all Leaders of Tomorrow participants.

How do the travel arrangements work?
The organizing committee will get in touch with you prior to the symposium to discuss your itinerary and to book your travel.

Can the organising committee help me get a visa?
All Leaders of Tomorrow are self-responsible to get a visa. However, we will inform the applicable Swiss embassy about the invitation and will provide you with the necessary documents. Should a problem arise anyway, we are happy to help. Expenses for visa application are borne by the Leaders of Tomorrow themselves.

Where am I accommodated during the symposium?
All Leaders of Tomorrow are accommodated at private student flats across the city. Please give us an early notice should you have any special requirements (e.g. female flatmates only).

What transport is provided?
We book flights or train tickets and provide shuttle service from and to the airport. Furthermore, all Leaders of Tomorrow receive a free ticket for the public transport in St. Gallen during the week of the symposium.

How much money do I need? 
We recommend bringing some pocket money (CHF 50–100) for your convenience. Please note that depending on your time of arrival and departure, some meals might not be covered.

Can disabled people participate as well? 
Yes, of course. Most of the symposium sites are wheelchair-accessible and we are more than happy to help where we can. Although our ability to provide personal assistance is very limited, we do our best to provide the necessary services.

Is there any touristic programme and do I have time for sightseeing?
During the symposium there will be no time for sightseeing. However, we may offer selected touristic programmes a day before or after the symposium. These days can, of course, also be used for individual sightseeing. Nearby sites include the old town of St. Gallen, the lake Constance and the mountain Säntis.

Can I extend my stay in Switzerland?
Yes, upon request we can move your return flight to a date of your choice. If the new flight is more expensive, we may ask you to cover the price difference. Please note that we are unable to provide any services such as accommodation or transportation after the end of the symposium week.

Can I bring a spouse? 
Unfortunately, we cannot provide any services such as travel, room, board or symposium access to any additional person.

Terms and Conditions

Qualify with an excellent essay.

Your essay must answer the following question: What are alternatives to economic growth? Leaders of Tomorrow have expressed scepticism towards economic growth as it stands today. We challenge you to develop your alternative guidelines to the concept of growth. Present your own idea to convince the jury. We expect a professional, creative and thought-provoking essay. Be bold and unconventional! The following criteria must be met:

  •  Form:    Essay (max. 2,100 words)
  •  Language:    English
  •  Deadline:    1 February 2016, 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
  •  Citation:    All sources must be cited and referred to the respective part in the essay

Check your eligibility and prepare documents.

To be eligible, you must fulfil all of the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate program (master level or higher) in any field of study at a regular university
  • Born in 1986 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 enrolment in a graduate/postgraduate level programme as of 1 February 2016 (download sample document here)
  • Your contribution file with no indication of your name in the file name, the file metadata or the file itself

Impress the Jury

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. You qualify as a semi-finalist to compete for the prestigious award 2016 if your essay makes it in the top 20. You will be asked by mid-March the very latest to pitch the essence of your essay in a 3-minute video presentation. Based upon the quality of both the essay and the video pitch, the jury selects the six finalists who will compete for the award against each other on the symposium’s big stage. The award will be bestowed to those finalists who show the very best performances both on the essay and on the stage in St. Gallen. 

 

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