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Successful candidates have demonstrated:

  • Empathy and altruism;

  • Resilience and strength of character as a result of overcoming hardship;

  • Excellence in their professional endeavors;

  • Boundless ambition;

  • Clear vision and strategy to achieve great success

At the time of their induction into the Fortis Society, successful candidates commit to:

  • The Honor Pledge;

    • Uphold the ideals and morals of the Society,

    • Strive toward an increasingly higher level of influence,

    • Reciprocal solidarity with all Members,

    • Strengthen the Fortis Society, and

    • Create meaningful change



All applicants are screened based on their potential to become prominent global leaders in their fields and their history of proactively creating positive change.


Candidates who pass the stringent first screening are presented to the Fortis Society’s Cooptation Council to be considered for cooptation to the Fortis Society. Candidates that are successfully co-opted are inducted into the Fortis Society.

Round 1

All applications are screened

Round 2

Select applications interview with Future Leaders Foundation

Round 3

Cooptation Council reviews finalists

Round 4

Cooptation Council votes

Annual Application

Professionals, graduate and postgraduate students may apply for cooptation to the Fortis Society on an annual basis. The next opportunity to apply opens in February 2020.

Delayed Cooptation: The Fortis Fellowship*

University students in their 2nd year of study may apply to be awarded the Fortis Fellowship, a three-year program granted annually to a select few of the world’s top university students. Successful Fortis Fellowship candidates fulfill all eligibility criteria for the Fortis Society.  Upon completion of the Fellowship, Fellows are invited to participate in an expedited cooptation process to become inducted into the Society. Read more about the Fellowship below.

*The Fortis Fellowship has replaced the Future Global Leaders “FGL” Fellowship. The FGL Fellowship was created prior to launching the Fortis Society in order to identify and cultivate the Society’s first Members. The FGL Fellowship was granted to 100+  exceptional university students between 2014 and 2019.



The Fortis Fellowship is a 3-year program that identifies the world’s most outstanding university students from humble backgrounds and prepares them for entry into the Fortis Society. Fortis Fellows participate in expedited cooptation process to enter the Fortis Society upon completion of the Fellowship.

The Fellowship application is now open! Apply through March 26, 2020. Click below to learn more about eligibility requirements, programming, and to access the application.