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 as a result of overcoming extreme hardship;

  • Excellence in their given field (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 2019 Fortis Society application is now closed. The application period occurs once per year and will reopen in spring 2020.

The 2019 applications will be reviewed from June-July, 2019. Applicants are informed of their status by early August 2019.

Interested applicants can learn more about the Fortis Society and the application process by contacting or by visiting our contact page.

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