Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU)

Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, President 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, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. Students create their own Commitments to Action that address issues on campus, in local communities, or around the world. Since 2008, students have made more than 6,250 commitments, and nearly $3 million in funding has been awarded to these commitment-makers through CGI U.

Although CGI U operates with a similar Commitment to Action model as CGI, CGI U is dedicated to students and universities. Targeting a more specific sector, CGI U focuses on the distinct potential that young people and higher educational institutions have to make a difference on their campuses and around the world.


Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of application. 

Students who will be at least 18 years of age and enrolled in an institution of higher education by October 2018 are also eligible to apply. 

International students, both those studying in the United States and abroad, are eligible to apply.

Period of Study

CGI U is a weekend conference, but also provides engagement activities throughout the year. 

Special Considerations

CGI U is looking for individuals with well-defined Commitments to Action. Commitments can address challenges on your college campus, in your local community, or in a region of the world in which you have great familiarity.


CGI U is free to attend for all accepted students. However, CGI U attendees must cover their own hotel and travel costs or apply for travel and lodging assistance on their applications. 


The CGI U application is open from February to April, and all students will be notified of their application status in May.


Deadlines and application materials can be located on the CGI U Website


Class Year

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Graduate


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • English


  • Other

Program Type

  • Professional
  • Public Service
  • Undergraduate


  • North America

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