How to Apply

APPLICATIONS will open in winter 2020

Only extremely ambitious, second-year university students from humble backgrounds who have demonstrated high resilience and have achieved academic excellence should apply to the FGL Fellowship. These students must be determined to become powerful global leaders and understand that the magnitude of their impact on the world is directly linked to the amount of power and influence they accumulate.

Upon completion of the program, FGL Fellows receive priority access to the Fortis Society – the world’s first private network of diverse leaders committed to one another’s success and to a better world. The goal of the Fortis Society is to connect future leaders – united by their merit, not privilege – by creating a formidable global network through which they will help each other reach the highest levels of success, power, and global influence in order to positively impact the world.

The Fellowship provides FGL Fellows with many invaluable opportunities. It aims to foster the development of Fellows and to prepare them for induction into the Fortis Society.

So far, our FGL Fellows are excelling in the areas of engineering, entrepreneurship, politics, film, finance, international affairs, computer science, and many others.


Applicants must be second-year university students, 22-years-old or younger and must fit the following eligibility criteria:

  1. First-Generation or Low-Income University Student – students who do not have a family history of higher education, or who come from a low-income background.

  2. Track Record of Academic Excellence – throughout high school and during the first months of the current school year.

  3. Proven Leadership Abilities – through self-started initiatives and ventures, or leadership in their schools or communities.

ATTributes of Successful Candidates

In addition to our eligibility criteria, our Admissions Committee will consider the following qualities:

  1. Contagious Charisma and Unyielding Strength of Character – two common and essential traits in all leaders.

  2. Resilience and Guts – demonstrated through having overcome hardship.

  3. Inexhaustible Global Ambition – along with a realistic strategy, the ability to execute, and the willingness to sacrifice and take risks to achieve extraordinary success.

  4. Altruism – demonstrated through the willingness to enact major positive change, upon having reached the highest level of power and influence.

  5. A Strong Desire to Join the Fortis Society – upon completion of the 3-year Fellowship. 

Preparing to Apply

Be sure to go through our website thoroughly and download our Honor Pledge, Resume Template, and Sample Application.

Important Information

The FGL Fellowship officially starts in early August with a (mandatory) intensive 20-day leadership training focused on a rigorous leadership curriculum and building strong bonds by overcoming extreme physical and mental challenges in the wilderness. Learn more about our summer leadership training.