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Clinton Global Initiative University Program -2021

Launched by Bill Clinton in 2007, the Clinton global initiative university stands on the idea of engaging the next generation of leaders on college campuses across the world. The goal is to challenge students from all over the world to make commitments to new projects that treat critical concerns.

Since the launching of the program in 2007, over 7,000 commitments have been made, and funding of more than $4M has been awarded to commitment makers through CGI U.

Each year, the Clinton Global Initiative University brings together undergraduate and graduate students from different parts of the world, who are committed to taking action in their community to address a pressing challenge and who are motivated to make a positive change in fields of education, poverty alleviation, peace, and human rights, environment, and climate change, and public health.

Accepted students will get to participate in a year-round program that includes access to a social impact curriculum; high-touch mentorship; funding streams; and student engagement events, including the CGI U 2021 virtual annual meeting that will be hosted by Howard University.

Candidates will be offered additional programming through the following collaborations:

  • Collaboration with Peter G. Peterson Foundation for civic issues and fiscal sustainability.
  • Collaboration with IBM to help students build app-based projects that address Coronavirus.
  • Collaboration with Call for Code for climate change.
  • Collaboration with Verizon to help students develop innovative technology solutions to critical domestic issues.

Eligibility requirements:

To be eligible to apply for this program, the applicant must have never been accepted to CGU, be at least 18 years of age, and enrolled in an institution of higher learning at the time of application.

Application and Selection Process:

Applications will be examined by the Clinton global initiative university Selection Committee, and all candidates will be notified about the final decision in February 2021.

The Committee is pledged to selecting a group of students with different backgrounds, regions, experiences, institutions, academic studies, and project areas, and who demonstrate the capacity to develop their leadership ability and competences, the motivation to tackle specific challenges, and a dedication to CGI U’s year-long program.

CGI U 2021 Program Schedule:

Accepted CGI U students will have to attend and fully participate in the four online modules activities. The average time commitment for each module is 3 hours.

  • Module One: February 2021.
  • Module Two: March 2021.
  • Module Three: April 2021.
  • Module Four: May 1, 2021 – November 2021.

CGI U Graduation Requirements:

Commitment mentors will review and monitor students’ engagement in the CGI U curriculum and make sure that they are fulfilling graduation requirements.

In order to complete the program and become eligible for CGI U’s letters of recommendation, Commitment-Maker seal, and some other opportunities, students must complete the following over the course:

  • Participation in one, hour-long small group discussion/ module, which means 4 in total, they will be scheduled by Commitment Mentors.
  • Review of CGI U’s 30-minute webinar recordings and readings, and finalization of all accompanying exercises (the webinar are housed on the online platform).
  • Complete one 30-minute individual coaching session with their Commitment Mentor per module.
  • Completion of Commitment to the Action progress report.


  • Friday, January 15 2021 at 11:59 pm ET.

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