Applications Open for Clinton Global Initiative University 2019/2020 for High-impact Student Innovators & Entrepreneurs

Application Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2019.

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. We 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 allevation, 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.


Please note, you are eligible to apply to the CGI U Class of 2020 if you have never previously been accepted to CGI U, you are at least 18 years of age, and you are currently enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of application

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

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Clinton Global Initiative University 2019/2020

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