Empowering High-
Potential University
Students in Saudi Arabia

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25 Companies

100+ Executives

6 Benefits

Founding Partner: McKinsey & Company

Qimam is a fellowship program supported by a coalition of leading national and international companies that aims to identify, develop, and empower the most promising and distinguished university students in and from Saudi Arabia to achieve their full potential.

Qimam provides its fellows with one-on-one mentorship from senior public and private sector leaders, leadership training by professionals from renowned companies, visits to the Saudi Arabian offices of leading national and international companies, membership in the Qimam Alumni Network, and an award for their distinctiveness upon completion of the program during a high-profile ceremony. It will also share profiles of fellows with leading HR executives in KSA to facilitate their career opportunities.

The Qimam Fellowship was created based on the belief that Saudi Arabia is rich with extraordinary talent and that developing such talent is one of the best investments for a brighter future. In its inaugural year in 2018, more than 13,000 candidates applied to the program, of which 50 were admitted following a very rigorous evaluation process, including two in-person interviews by senior leaders from the public and private sector. Profiles of our first Alumni from the 2018 program can be reviewed here. Thoughts of our executive partners and our Alumni about their experience with the Qimam Fellowship are available here.

Qimam was founded by McKinsey & Company and Dr. Annas Abedin, a McKinsey Alumnus and entrepreneur. It is funded by McKinsey & Company, and generously supported by its travel partner Almosafer, which is covering all travel and accommodation related expenses of the fellowship.


Corporate Partners

25 leading national and international companies across different sectors have partnered up with the Qimam Fellowship to support it in its mission to identify, develop, and empower the most promising and distinguished university students in and from Saudi Arabia to achieve their full potential

Founding Partner: McKinsey & Company

Travel Sponsor: Almosafer

Executive Partners

Since 2018, more than 300 senior leaders from the public and private sector have generously volunteered their time to provide one-on-one mentorship and career guidance to our fellows, or to conduct in-person interviews with shortlisted applicants. These executives include:


The Qimam fellowship program in 2019 takes place over a 12-day period in-person in Riyadh, during which all of the benefits outlined below will be provided. All of these benefits will be provided by Qimam completely free of charge, including all costs for travel and accommodation, which will be covered by Qimam’s travel partner, Almosafer.


In-person leadership training by executives and accomplished professionals from leading companies as well as workshops on how you can build a successful career in the area of your choice.


One-on-one sessions with at least three leading executives to get personalized input and guidance for your career plan. In addition to that, numerous other opportunities for you to directly engage and network with outstanding leaders (e.g., during the training sessions, the company visits, or the award ceremony). Click here for an excerpt of leaders who have volunteered to support the Qimam Fellowship since 2018.

Company visits

Field visits to leading companies in KSA, including AlTayyar Travel Group, Al-Khaleejiah, Careem, Cisco, General Electric, Ma'aden, McKinsey, STC, and others, which will provide you with a behind-the-scenes look at how these companies operate, an opportunity to engage with and learn from their top executives, and a perspective on career paths in these companies.


Recognition with the Qimam Award for High-Potential Leaders. The awards will be given at a high-profile ceremony on the final day of the program and will be attended by our corporate partners and other dignitaries from the public and private sectors (thoughts of our executive partners about their experience with the Qimam Fellowship are available here).


Building important and long-lasting connections with other program participants who share your ambitions and passions. After graduating from Qimam, you will all become a member of the Qimam Alumni Network, which will enable you to remain connected with each other as you go on to become leaders in your respective fields. The network will keep growing year after year with each new incoming class of Qimam fellows (click here to review the profiles of the Qimam Alumni of 2018).

Career opportunities

After completing the training, we will publish your profile on the Qimam website and share it with leading HR managers and executives in Saudi Arabia. This will enable them to learn about you and reach out to you for potential internship or job opportunities. See here the profile book that we shared with top executives for our Class of 2018, and here the profiles of our Class of 2018 on our website.

How to Apply

The application process and timelines for the Qimam Fellowship Class of 2020 will be announced at the end of 2019. Please follow us on social media to to learn about the latest updates and the key dates for 2020.


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