Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, 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.
Hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, the 11th annual CGI U meeting will gather more than 1,000 innovative student leaders. Each prospective CGI U student must apply with a Commitment to Action: a new, specific, and measurable plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge, locally or globally. CGI U commitments address specific challenges across CGI U's five focus areas:
Since 2013, the University of Houston has sponsored student participants at CGI U as part of the University Network. To learn more about how to become a CGI U student, go to cgiu.org/apply.
To begin the process, review the CGI U Checklist. The meeting is open to students who will be enrolled as undergraduate and graduate student during the fall 2018 semester at the time of the conference.
Students who wish to be considered for Clinton Foundation travel assistance must apply by the early decision deadline. Additional funding is available for students’ enrolled at the University of Houston as part of the University Network.
Join the Clinton Foundation Team for webinars during the application season. At these webinars you will have a chance to ask Clinton Foundation staff questions directly and learn more about CGI U, the application process, CGI U 2018 at the University of Chicago.
All webinars can be accessed at: http://www.anymeeting.com/cgiu1
If you cannot attend a webinar or have additional questions about the Clinton Foundation application, please call 212.710.4492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, the Clinton Foundation team receives a large volume of enquiries and actively work to respond in a timely manner.
The University of Houston is committed to sending students to CGI U by providing financial support for a select numbers of participants upon acceptance into CGI U. To receive travel funding applicants must:
*Students who receive funding from the Center for Student Involvement are required to travel as a group. Funding includes transportation to / from the CGI U Meeting and lodging only.
Students selected to travel to CGI U, who attend and fully participate in the annual conference are eligible to apply for additional funding toward their CGI U commitment.
Applications will be reviewed by a committee convened by the Center for Student Involvement, following the annual conference.
“CGI-U was that avenue for me to make a positive impact within my community” - Zuan-Fu Lim
“This conference allowed me to acquire ideas and skills that I brought back to my organization in order to enhance my commitment” - Kim Mai Le
“CGI-U is an excellent opportunity for students with new ideas to get feedback from the peers, learn from the firsthand experiences of others interested in the same field as them, and understand the detailed work that goes into having a successful project.” - Batoul Abuharb