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Applications open for Qimam Fellowship programme

RIYADH, January 29, 2020

The Qimam Fellowship program has announced that applications are now open for the third edition of the highly selective leadership development programme. 
Students from across the kingdom participating in bachelor’s and master’s programmes in Saudi Arabia or abroad are eligible to apply.  
The application period will last from January 28 to February 27. Fifty successful applicants will be notified by March 31 and the two-week intensive programme will take place from June 2 and conclude on June 13. 
The Qimam Fellowship programme was founded by McKinsey & Company and Dr Annas Abedin, a McKinsey alumnus and entrepreneur, on the premise that Saudi is rich with untapped local talent with great potential to contribute to the kingdom’s ambitious transformation. 
Qimam was launched to identify, equip and empower the most promising university students in the country with advanced skillsets needed to lead in today’s ever complex world.
The programme has seen tremendous growth since its inception in 2018, beginning with 13,000 applicants in the first year and growing to 18,000 applicants in 2019. Last year, 50% of the 50 candidates selected were women. Students with a wide variety of scholastic interests and experience apply from all over the kingdom. 
The programme provides fellows with one-on-one mentorship from senior public and private sector leaders, leadership training by industry experts and professionals, and visits to the Saudi Arabian offices of top national and international companies. Selected candidates also gain exclusive membership in the Qimam Alumni Network as well as award for their distinctiveness upon completion of the programme during a widely attended, high-profile ceremony. 
Abdullah Saidan, Associate Partner at McKinsey Middle East, said: “Given the vast pool of intellectually-curious, emerging talent in Saudi Arabia, the country’s youth has immense potential to have a direct impact on the transformations underway. Strategic initiatives like the Qimam Fellowship have highlighted the many reasons the nation should be optimistic for its future, as the Program has gone from strength to strength. Nurturing young talent in the kingdom is an obligation we take to heart. And it’s why it makes me proud to be able to contribute and give back in a way that matters so much to the future of our country.’’
Dr Annas Abedin, co-founder of Qimam, said: “Qimam offers high-potential university students access to some of the Kingdom’s most prominent industry leaders. The one-to-one mentorship, counsel and professional advice they receive will give them unique perspectives and opportunities to achieve on their tremendous potential.’’
The programme targets bachelor’s and master’s students at any Saudi university, as well as Saudi nationals studying for a bachelor’s or master’s degree at universities abroad. Fellows will be selected based on their academic achievements, their level of initiative-taking outside of the classroom, and their efforts or ideas related to social responsibility.
The application form and more details about the Qimam Fellowship can be found on 
In its 2020 edition, Qimam partners with 30 local and international companies who are working together with Qimam to empower promising university graduates and student leaders in Saudi Arabia. These partners are: Aberkyn, Al Arabiya News Channel, Al-Khaleejiah Advertising & Public Relations Company, Arabnet, Bab Rizq Jameel, Banque Saudi Fransi, Bupa Arabia, Careem, Cisco, Elm, General Electric, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC), Korn Ferry, Saudi Arabian Mining Company “Ma’aden", Majid Al Futtaim, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, Noon Academy, The Olayan Group, Oqal, Pearson, Qiddiya, Rocket Internet, SAP, Seera Group Holding, Saudi Pharmaceutical Industries & Medical Appliances Corporation (SPIMACO), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), STV, Udacity and Unilever. – TradeArabia News Service


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