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Through its Commitment to Action model, CGI U challenges young leaders and entrepreneurs to become agents of positive social change. CGI U students are relentless innovators, chosen to develop, test, and implement solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges in five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.


Clinton Global Initative University (CGI U) 2018

Fall 2018


Hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, the tenth annual CGI U will gather more than 1,000 innovative student leaders to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. More than $750,000 in funding will be available to select CGI U students to help them turn their ideas into action.


For more information, please contact Emily Loui eloui@ucsd.edu

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Upcoming Application Info Sessions

Join us for an info session on CGI U 2018 and learn about how to attend this year’s event!

  • CGI U Information Session: Coming Winter 2019
  • CGI U Application Workshop: Coming Winter 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Am I eligible to apply?

Students must be 18 years of age or older and enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of the CGI U meeting in order to apply. To be considered for admission, all applicants are required to design a Commitment to Action in one of CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. 

  • How do I apply?

To be considered for admission, all applicants are required to make a Commitment to Action. A Commitment to Action is a concrete plan that addresses a pressing challenge in one of CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, or Public Health.
As part of the application, students are asked to provide a detailed plan that outlines the scope of the commitment and how it will be implemented. We strongly encourage you to utilize the application preview to draft your commitment offline before you apply, and keep a record of it in case you experience any technical difficulties when applying online. The commitments map can guide you through the development of your Commitment to Action.

  • Can I apply with a group?

You can apply as a group or an individual.

      • Individual: A student may apply to attend CGI U as an individual. This student makes a Commitment to Action that he or she will carry out individually, or applies to attend CGI U as the sole representative of a larger organization.
      • Group: Up to three students may apply to attend CGI U as a group. These students collaborate on a Commitment to Action and apply to attend the meeting together to represent their project or initiative. The group must appoint a group leader to fill out the first part of the CGI U application (which includes the Commitment to Action), and the additional group members will receive emails from CGI U with instructions on how to complete their portions of the application. It is the responsibility of the group leader to ensure that all group members complete their portions of the application.
  • When is the deadline to apply?

Early decision and travel assistance deadline for CGI U  is typically in early  March. 
Final application deadline for CGI U is typically in early May

For official information, please visit the CGI U website

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the UC San Diego CGI U Campus Liaison at eloui@ucsd.edu.

  • Can I attend CGI U without making a commitment?

The CGI U meeting is about taking action. In order to attend, all applicants must make a commitment. Although there are many valuable conferences and gatherings that take place without such a requirement, the goal of CGI U is to bring together people with a plan and a passion to create positive change and take action.

  • Is there a schedule for the event?

The CGI U 201 meeting agenda will be posted at a later date. You can browse previous meeting agendas here.

  • How much does the meeting cost?

For all accepted applicants, this meeting is free.

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