Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership

What is the Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership?

Funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, the Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership directly supports women’s economic empowerment, both locally and globally.  This public-private partnership brings emerging women leaders from around the world to the United States for an in-person mentoring program lasting three weeks. Over the past 17 years, the program has connected more than 380 women from over 58 countries and territories with executive women mentors from the Fortune Most Powerful Women community, resulting in the expansion of professional networks and skill development opportunities for international emerging leaders.  Fortune’s Most Powerful Women mentors include CEOs and senior executives from some of America’s most recognized companies such as Accenture, Johnson & Johnson, and Aetna.  The program provides participants with unique opportunities to develop their leadership, management, and business skills while gaining experience in the U.S. business environment.  Past participants have expanded their businesses, run for public office in their home countries, won the Goldman Sachs and Fortune Global Women Leaders award, and been nominated for the CNN Heroes awards.

Through a grant to Vital Voices Global Partnership, ECA will cover per diem and lodging for the Washington, DC, and New York portions of the program, and domestic airfare within the United States to and from the mentoring sites.  Fortune Most Powerful Women will make matches between volunteer mentors and posts’ nominees based on compatibility of industry, skill, background, and experience.  The mentoring companies contribute support for international airfare plus lodging and per diem for their mentees during the mentoring portion of the program.

To qualify, the applicants must:

  • Have a previously established commitment to paying it forward and helping others, especially women and girls in their home communities, succeed.
  • An excellent command of the English language, including business-related terms.  The participant must be able to converse freely in English with her fellow mentees and mentors.  There will be no exceptions to this qualification.
  • A potential for professional growth.  Nominees may include women who are entrepreneurs, those who work in middle/upper management for non-U.S.-based corporations, or women who run business associations, foundations, or NGOs.
  • A demonstrated willingness to participate in exchange programs.  Participants should welcome opportunities for mentoring and new partnership development, and exhibit confidence and maturity.  Participants will also need to attend to any commitments they have to their home business outside of program hours.
  • A self-motivated work ethic.  Participants should be destined for success in their professions and sectors and exhibit a willingness to work on their business and leadership skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to be dependable, prepared, and on-time.  Participants must also exhibit flexibility and be open to treating the mentoring experience as a learning opportunity.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with limited prior experience in the U.S. Note that Mongolians holding a U.S. green card are not eligible to apply.

Individuals who currently work for Fortune 500 companies abroad are not eligible.

In order to apply for the Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership, the applicant must:

  1. Complete an online application
  2. Send a copy of your current CV (PDF or Word Document) to

Please note that the application and CV must be in English. 

Things to remember when filling out an application:

  • Read the announcement carefully in full
  • Application must be completed in English and submitted electronically
  • Applicants must answer all questions in the application form. Incomplete applications will be deemed technically ineligible. No questions can be left blank. Put N/A if not applicable
  • Essays must be your own work reflecting your original thoughts. Other people’s works/ideas used anywhere in the application must be properly cited or labeled
  • Please note any word or character limit for essay portions of the application and keep your answers within the limit

The application deadline is 8:00 a.m. ULAT on Friday, December 15, 2023. The Embassy will announce application results in March 2024 and will notify all applicants via email. Any inquiries about the program will not be answered via phone. Please direct all inquiries to

All U.S. Government scholarship programs are merit-based. Although we take into account special circumstances of candidates such as disability, disadvantaged background, or any other notable characteristics, final decision is made based on the candidate’s overall strength as represented by the application quality and interview. We also consider one’s ability to be a cultural ambassador and his/her ability and motivation to give back to the community.

Following are the main steps for selection for the Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership:

Technical Screening: This is the initial review to verify the completeness of the applications. During technical screening, we check to see two main things:

  • If applications and any required supplemental documents are complete
  • If applicants meet all the eligibility requirements

Application Review: After technical screening, all complete applications are then reviewed by an application review committee.

Short List: Based on the recommendations of the application review committee, an interview short list is created. Candidates who are on the short list are then invited for an in-person interview.

Interview: An interview panel consisting of representatives of the U.S. Embassy and other professionals interview all short-listed candidates and select finalists to be nominated for the global competition.

Nomination: Finalists selected from the interview are then nominated by the embassy to ECA in Washington D.C. where they will compete with nominations from embassies from around the world.

Final Selection: If selected from the global competition, the candidate is confirmed to participate in the program.

November-December: Scholarship is announced through U.S. Embassy website and social media

December-January: Technical screening, application review and interview

February-March: The final results announced to the finalists

April-May: Departure to the U.S.