The Fortis Society attracts exceptional leaders who are united by their humble beginnings and limitless ambition. Membership is open to successful professionals, or graduate or postgraduate students.

Candidates for Cooptation demonstrate:

  • A solemn commitment to the Honor Pledge

  • Embodiment of the Fortis Society values, including empathy and altruism;

  • Resilience and strength of character to overcome extreme hardship;

  • Excellence in their given field and/or studies, (exemplified by awards, fellowships, high-level leadership roles, etc.);

  • A clear vision and pragmatic strategy to achieve great success;

  • An ardent desire and ability to acquire an extremely high level of power and influence; and

  • The ability to create substantial positive global impact.

Members are selected based on their accomplishments, their potential impact and, most importantly, their character.

Note: Future Global Leaders Fellows receive priority access for induction into the Fortis Society upon completion of the Fellowship.


The Fortis Society Application is open to eligible applicants April 25 - June 11, 2019. Applications will be reviewed from June-July, 2019. Applicants are informed of their status by early August 2019. The Fortis Society application period occurs once per year.


Applicants who meet all of the above criteria may be co-opted after their applications undergo a thorough review:

Round 1: Applications undergo initial screening and review by the Future Leaders Foundation

Round 2: Select applicants may be interviewed

Round 3: The Fortis Society’s Cooptation Council reviews passing interviewee application materials

Round 4: Applicants receiving 5/7 votes in favor of cooptation are co-opted into the Fortis Society