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The Clinton Global Initiative University for Undergraduate and Graduate students across the world.

The application deadline for CGI U 2021 is Friday, January 15 at 11:59 pm ET.


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. Clinton Global Initiative 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 the CGI U 2021 virtual annual meeting hosted by Howard University.


Additional programming will also be offered to students through partnerships with the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, with a focus on civic issues and fiscal sustainability; IBM to help students develop app-based projects that address COVID-19 and climate change through Call for Code; and Verizon to help students develop innovative technology solutions to pressing domestic issues, with the opportunity to win a spot in an accelerator program and pitch for seed funding.


APPLICATION ELIGIBILITY

  • You are eligible to apply to the CGI U Class of 2021 student cohort if you have never previously been accepted to CGI U;

  • You are at least 18 years of age

  • Currently enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of application.



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 2021 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, and completion of all accompanying exercises   

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

  • Completion of Commitment to Action progress report


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: Join an application information webinar to have a better understanding of the CGI U 2021 application process.

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


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