Clinton Global Initiative University

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. Each year is an opportunity for students to attend a meeting where they will discuss solutions to pressing global issues. Nearly 1,200 attendees will come together to make a difference in the five focus areas

  • Education
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Peace & Human Rights
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Public Health. 

Since 2013, the University of Houston has sponsored student participants at CGI U. To begin the process, review the CGI U Checklist. The early decision and travel assistance deadline for CGI U is in October. The final application deadline for CGI U is in December. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact CGI U at

Travel Funding

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:

  • Be currently enrolled with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Be in good judicial standing with the University.
  • Plan to continue enrollment through December for the year awarded
  • Be formally accepted by CGI U to attend the annual conference
  • Submit a completed travel application to the Center for Student Involvement
  • Find a staff, faculty or community Project Mentor who will assist you with your Commitment to Action.

*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.

Commitment Funding

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