Eligible candidates may apply directly to the Fortis Society. All applicants are screened based on their potential to become prominent global leaders in their fields and their history of proactively creating positive change.


Applications are screened by Fortis Members, and qualified candidates may be invited for a virtual interview. The Cooptation Circle leads the admissions process and votes on the top candidates to be inducted into the Fortis Society.



Fortis Society applicants:


  • Have completed an impressive undergraduate degree on full scholarship or grants, and/or have accumulated notable work experience*

  • Come from humble beginnings or have demonstrated resilience in overcoming hardship (low-income family, first in family to attain higher education, migrant, etc.).

  • Proven record of professional success (entrepreneurship, activism, etc.), which demonstrates high potential for having a large-scale positive influence.

Successful candidates must provide a demonstrated track record of:
  • Empathy and altruism;

  • Resilience and strength of character;

  • Excellence in their professional endeavors;

  • Boundless ambition;

  • Clear vision and pragmatic strategy to achieve their goals

At the time of their induction into the Fortis Society, successful candidates commit to​ the Honor Pledge:
  • Upholding the ideals and morals of the Society,

  • Striving toward an increasingly higher level of influence,

  • Reciprocating solidarity with all Members,

  • Strengthening the Fortis Society, and

  • Creating meaningful change



*The Fortis Fellowship has suspended its recruitment of new Fellows until further notice due to challenges presented by Covid-19*


Previously known as the Future Global Leaders (FGL) Fellowship, the Fortis Fellowship was offered to some of the world’s most outstanding university students from humble backgrounds. Upon completion of the Fellowship, Fortis Fellows benefit from priority consideration for cooptation into the Fortis Society.

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.


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