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Apply for Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 2020

The Clinton Global Initiative University is looking for higher education student leaders who are committed to take action in their community to address a pressing challenge. They are 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. Students accepted into CGI U will participate in a year-round program that includes access to: high-touch mentorship; a social impact curriculum; funding streams; and student engagement events, including an invitation to the annual meeting from April 17-19 at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland.


For over a decade, President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation have been dedicated to empowering the next generation of leaders by bringing together diverse groups of people who are committed to making the world a better place and improving people's lives.

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), the higher education program of the Foundation, activates this next generation through year-round programming that includes access to topic experts and change agents, mentorship networks, financial resources, and community events including the annual CGI U meeting. They are dedicated to supporting students who are committed to take action and address the world's most pressing challenges.

Application deadline

Applications for the CGI U Class of 2020 must be submitted by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Monday, November 4, 2019. For travel assistance, applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Monday, September 30, 2019.

Application and Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by the CGI U Selection Committee. All applicants, Early Deadline and Final Deadline, will be notified of admissions decisions in mid-November 2019. The CGI U Selection Committee aims to convene a diverse cohort of students that demonstrate the motivation to tackle specific challenges, the capacity to develop their leadership skills, and dedication to CGI U's yearlong program.

CGI U 2019-2020 Program Schedule

  • Module One: Beyond CGI U's Application: Laying the Groundwork for Your Commitment to Action December 1, 2019 - December 15, 2019

  • Module Two: Ideas into Action: Taking Your Project to the Next Level January 10, 2020 - March 1, 2020

  • Module Three: Core Skills to Prepare for the CGI U Annual Meeting and Beyond March 1, 2020 - April 15, 2020

  • Module Four: What's Next? Sustaining Your Commitment May 1, 2020 - November 2020

CGI U Graduation Requirements

Through the online platform, Commitment Mentors will review and monitor student engagement in the CGI U curriculum and ensure that students are fulfilling requirements for graduation.

To complete the CGI U program and become eligible for CGI U’s Commitment-Maker seal, letters of recommendation and other opportunities, students must complete the following over the course of the 2019-2020 program:

  • Participation in one, hour-long small group discussion per module (4 in total) (to be scheduled by Commitment Mentors)

  • Review of CGI U’s 30-minute webinar recordings and readings, which will be housed on the online platform

  • Completion of one 30-minute individual coaching session with their Commitment Mentor per module (4 in total)

  • Completion of Commitment to Action progress report post CGI U annual meeting in April

Submitting a Competitive Application

To be considered for CGI U, students must apply with a Commitment to Action: a new, specific, and measurable initiative that addresses a pressing challenge.

  • Topics: Learn about CGI U's Focus Areas and Keywords to determine the scope of your commitment.

  • Preparation: Utilize the Application Preview to draft your application answers before submitting them online.

  • Webinar: Watch this information session webinar to walk through the CGI U application process.

  • Motivation: Emphasize in your application how you are connected to the problem you are trying to solve.

  • Travel Assistance: To be considered for travel assistance to the annual meeting, financial need must be demonstrated and priority will be given to commitments that readily align with the work of the Clinton Foundation. Learn more about the work of the Clinton Development Initiative, the Clinton Climate Initiative, and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative if you are interested in this opportunity.

APPLICATION ELIGIBILITY: You are eligible to apply to the CGI U Class of 2020 student cohort if you have never previously been accepted to CGI U; you are at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of application.


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