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. Since its founding in 2018, six classes of 50 fellows each have been admitted to the Qimam Fellowship, with an average applicant pool of 17k candidates per class. To be admitted, candidates have to undergo a very rigorous evaluation process, including two in-person interviews by senior leaders from the public and private sector. Review profiles of our Alumni 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, and it is funded by McKinsey & Company. Discover know more about the team that is leading and operating Qimam on a day-to-day basis.
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40+ 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
A full overview of all executives who supported Qimam since its inception in 2018 can be seen by clicking here
Since 2018, more than 400 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. Some of those executives include:
The Qimam fellowship program in 2023 will take place over a 12-day period in-person in Riyadh (11 July – 22 July 2023), 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. Should it not be possible to run the program in-person due to health concerns, the program would be run virtually in the same time period planned for the in-person program.
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.
Field visits to leading companies in KSA, including Seera Group, 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. You can review the profiles of our alumni from 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 on our website by clicking here, as well as in the official profile books we share with top executives on an annual basis (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023).
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. You can review the profiles of our alumni from 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 on our website by clicking here, as well as in the official profile books we share with top executives on an annual basis (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023).
How to Apply
Application timelines for the Qimam Fellowship Class of 2024 will be announced in January 2024
You can apply to the Qimam Fellowship Program if you meet the following three criteria:
We will evaluate applicants and decide on admission to the fellowship based on three criteria:
If you are distinctive in at least one of our selection criteria, we strongly encourage you to apply. Candidates that score high on all three dimensions have a higher chance of being selected to the fellowship program. However, a particularly strong performance in just one of these three areas may also be sufficient.