Qimam Fellowship scheme 2020 discovers top talents in Saudi Kingdom

World Yen Doran 30-Jan-2020
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Qimam Fellowship scheme returns in 2020 for its third edition, launched on Jan 29, aiming to nurture the Kingdom’s top young talent.

The application is opened to anyone who’s taking undergraduate or postgraduate in Saudi Arabia or abroad. The closing date for the application is Feb. 27.

50 successful candidates will be provided a two-weeks intensive training from June 2 to 13.

Selected candidates also gain exclusive membership to the Qimam Alumni Network and attend a high-profile awards ceremony on completion of the program.

Qimam Fellowship scheme received a great response from the scholars in the last two years with 13,000 applicants in 2018 and 18,000 in 2019. Last year, half of the 50 candidates selected were women.

The fellowship program was founded by management consulting firm McKinsey and Co., and Annas Abedin, a McKinsey alumnus and entrepreneur.

The program provides fellows with one-on-one mentorship from senior public and private-sector leaders, as well as leadership training by industry experts with visits to the Saudi offices of top national and international companies.

The program was launched to identify, equip and empower the most promising university students in the country with advanced leadership skillsets, necessary in today’s ever-complex world.

Abedin believes that Qimam offers high-potential university students access to some of the Kingdom’s most prominent industry leaders through the one-to-one mentorship, counsel and professional advice.

Abdullah Saidan, associate partner at McKinsey Middle East hopes the country’s youth will contribute their immense potential to make a direct impact on the transformations underway.