McKinsey Asia Rising Leaders Awards

Nurturing diversity in leadership

McKinsey is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is passionate about developing leaders. The McKinsey Asia Rising Leaders Awards aim to recognize and support talented individuals from groups underrepresented in leadership roles.

You should apply if you are interested in:

  • experiencing McKinsey and learning about what we do
  • discovering leadership-development opportunities
  • attending professional-development workshops


For individuals who self-identify as women.


For individuals from underrepresented groups in leadership positions. This includes (but is not limited to) individuals who have faced socioeconomic challenges or come from an underresourced environment. This may encompass a variety of experiences, including (but not limited to) being the first generation in one’s family to attend college or university, facing family financial hardships, and growing up in a low-income household.


Open to individuals based in and/or having strong links with Australia, China, India, Taiwan or New Zealand.

Applications for this program are now closed. To explore our open roles, visit our careers site.



You will be invited to workshops where you will acquire new skills, get to know McKinsey consultants, meet the recruiting team, and learn about McKinsey’s recruiting process.

Monetary award

USD $2,500 (equivalent in local currency) will be given to support your academic or professional development.

If you don’t fit our criteria, please stay tuned to our social media feeds for more opportunities to connect in the future, subscribe to our careers blog for job alerts, or apply for one of the open roles that’s a better fit for your background, skill set, and experience.


To be eligible for a McKinsey Asia Rising Leaders Award, you must have strong ties to an Asia-Pacific country and be:

  • a bachelor’s, master’s, PhD, or MBA student graduating no later than 2022
  • a professional with up to three years of work experience

Applicants can apply for only one category, and each applicant will only be eligible to receive one McKinsey Asia Rising Leaders Award


To apply, please submit the following by November 30, 2021:

  • Your resume in English: should include details of your education and grades, work experience, and extracurricular activities and achievements
  • Office location or business function: this is necessary so that our colleagues from those offices or business functions can objectively review your application. We advise you to make your choices based on geographic or industry ties (i.e., you have studied or lived in the country or you have work experience in the industry). You should be fluent in the local language
  • Cover letter (optional; maximum of 250 words): this is where you can share more with us about your motivation for seeking the award, as well as highlight any leadership experience. You can include anything you think will support your application beyond the information in your CV (e.g., your personal achievements or circumstances to select a specific office)
  • Digital assessment: as part of your application, you will be asked to complete an online assessment (~60 minutes). This does not require any preparation or prior business knowledge. More details will be shared within a few weeks after submitting your application 

Award recipients will be notified in January 2022.