The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI-U) is looking for higher education student leaders for its 1-year round online student programs of 2022.
About CGI University
Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, President Bill Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Each year, they challenge students to make Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address pressing challenges.
Through their program, students participate in leadership development, mentorship, skills training, and partnership building, with the experience culminating in the CGI U Annual Meeting, where commitment-makers across the world come together to learn how to turn their ideas into action.
CGI-U is looking for undergraduate and graduate students across the world who are motivated to make a positive change in the areas of education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.
It is a year-round program that helps develop the next generation of leaders and social entrepreneurs, by providing accepted students with training and mentorship opportunities, access to a wide range of international experts and changemakers, and networking and events with their peers.
There is no cost to participate in the CGI U program but all prospective students must submit an application.
The CGI U application process is highly selective, and to be considered, students need to make a commitment to take action on a major issue. This pledge – called a “Commitment to Action” (CTA) – takes the form of a new, specific, and measurable plan to solve an issue identified on a college campus, within a local community, or a pressing national or global challenge.
Once accepted, current students receive access to CGI U’s program offerings, which includes:
Commitment to Action (CTA) curriculum, that expands on the CTA model on how to ideate, design, implement and evaluate a social impact project, leveraging the expertise and thought leadership of both CGI U and the Clinton Foundation.
Personalized mentorship, where every accepted student is paired with a CGI U Commitment Mentor. Commitment Mentors are CGI U Alumni, who work with students to refine their social impact projects, prepare for networking opportunities, and engage with the curriculum.
Access to funding streams, including pitch competitions and curated information on fellowships with funding opportunities.
Student engagement events, including CGI U’s annual meeting.
Students are eligible to apply
If he/she has never previously been accepted to CGI U,
Is at least 18 years of age, and
Is currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning at the time of application.
Students may only submit one Commitment to Action; duplicate applications will not be considered.
Application and Selection
Applications will be reviewed by the CGI U Selection Committee.
All applicants will be notified of admissions decisions in February 2021.
The CGI U Selection Committee is committed to selecting a diverse cohort of students – representing different backgrounds, experiences, regions, institutions, academic studies, and project areas – that demonstrate the motivation to tackle specific challenges, the capacity to develop their leadership skills, and a dedication to CGI U’s year-long program.
How to Apply?
If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in the selection process, please contact the CGI U team at [email protected].
Click here to know more about the CGI U 2022 Student Programs.