McKinsey Achievement Awards

Advancing talent. Celebrating diversity.

McKinsey is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is passionate about developing leaders. We have created and sponsored many programs, and we are excited to launch a new series of McKinsey Achievement Awards to recognize and support talented people who may be currently underrepresented in leadership roles.

The three McKinsey Achievement Awards—designed to recognize and support talented people who may be currently underrepresented in leadership roles—are the following:

  • McKinsey First Generation Achievement Award for individuals who are the first in their family to earn a higher-education academic degree; that is, your parents did not attend and graduate from a university
  • McKinsey LGBTQ+ Achievement Award for individuals who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning
  • McKinsey Women Achievement Award for individuals who self-identify as women


6-month mentorship

A McKinsey consultant will mentor you and share advice regarding your academic or professional advancement. They will answer questions and help with interview preparation, should you apply for a role at McKinsey.

$2,500 USD

(or local-currency equivalent) to support academic or professional development.*

*The award is in gross amount and may be subject to local taxation

To find out more or to apply visit:
Please submit your application by June 8, 2020.

You should apply if you want to:

  • receive mentoring and advice on career development and connect with McKinsey consultants
  • learn more about the work we do at McKinsey and what being a consultant really means

Applications are due by June 8, 2020

To be eligible for a McKinsey Achievement Award, you should be an early-stage-career professional with fewer than 5 years of work experience, or a current student working toward a graduate or undergraduate degree. We welcome applications from all universities and disciplines, including law, medicine, and engineering, as well as PhD, MBA, and master’s degrees.

In addition, individuals should fulfill the following requirements for each award.

Your CV in English
 (two pages maximum) listing your most recent education information, including grades, and confirmed future-education plans, including the anticipated start and graduation dates. Your CV should also include work experience, including part-time jobs and volunteer roles, as well as extracurricular activities and achievements.

A brief essay (250 words maximum) about your proudest or most interesting personal achievement. Please include the obstacles you overcame to reach this achievement and why it is important to you.

Academic transcripts, depending on office selection:

  • Offices in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden require academic transcripts from high school onward
  • Offices in Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Russia, Spain, and Switzerland require university transcripts
  • For other offices, academic transcripts are not required