Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 2022

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Location (s):

  • Online
  • United Kingdom
University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland

Overview

For over a decade, President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation have been dedicated to empowering the next generation of leaders by bringing together diverse groups of people who are committed to making the world a better place and improving people's lives.

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), the higher education program of the Foundation, activates this next generation through year-round programming that includes access to topic experts and change agents, mentorship networks, financial resources, and community events including the annual CGI U meeting. We are dedicated to supporting students who are committed to take action and address the world's most pressing challenges.

The applications for CGI U 2022's student programs will be open through January 21, 2022.

Details

Through our program, students participate in leadership development, mentorship, skills training, and partnership building, with the experience culminating in the CGI U Annual Meeting, where commitment-makers across the world come together to learn how to turn their ideas into action. Since 2007, more than 7,000 commitments have been made and $3M in funding has been awarded to commitment-makers through CGI U.

For over a decade, President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation have been dedicated to empowering the next generation of leaders by bringing together diverse groups of people who are committed to making the world a better place and improving people's lives.

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), the higher education program of the Foundation, activates this next generation through year-round programming that includes access to topic experts and change agents, mentorship networks, financial resources, and community events including the annual CGI U meeting. We are dedicated to supporting students who are committed to take action and address the world's most pressing challenges.

Commitment to Action

A Commitment to Action, the cornerstone of the CGI U program, is a positive and effective social impact project that is new, specific, and measurable. At CGI U, students are not just discussing problems—they are taking real, concrete steps towards solving them.

A commitment can be small or large, local or global, financial or non-monetary in nature. CGI U commitments address specific challenges across CGI U's five focus areas, and each is assigned a more specific keyword within the CGI U commitments portfolio.

In order to participate in the year-round CGI U program, each student or group must develop and submit a Commitment to Action. Individual commitments can be projects proposed by a single person or a single person representing a group. Projects proposed by more than one person are considered group projects. Up to three students may apply to CGI U with a group commitment, but many more may be involved in its implementation.

COMMITMENT CRITERIA

  • New: Each commitment must be a new initiative for the individual or group making the commitment. If a commitment is an expansion of an existing effort, it can focus on a different geographic area, work with new partners, or shift the focus or scope of the initiative.
  • Specific: Each commitment must address a specific challenge with a defined course of action and detailed objectives. It has defined goals, an outline of planned activities, and realistic expectations for how long it takes to complete the project.
  • Measurable: Each commitment should achieve results that are measurable and can be reported back to CGI U. The impact of a commitment can be determined in many ways, whether measuring the number of volunteers trained, houses built, children tutored, or hours of direct service provided.

Apply to CGI U

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) is looking for higher education students, undergraduate or graduate, who are addressing pressing challenges in five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

Students selected for CGI U's programs receive access to personalized mentorship, social impact programming, funding opportunities through CGI U partners, and student engagement events, including the CGI U 2022 virtual annual meeting hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.

APPLY TODAY FOR CGI U'S 2022 STUDENT PROGRAMS

CGI U's student programs include:

  • CGI U 2022: Our cornerstone program, launched in 2007, supporting students across the world who have made Commitments to Action. 
  • Verizon Forward For Good Challenge: An extension program supporting students and CGI U alumni in the U.S. in advancing projects that use leading-edge technology with the opportunity to earn a spot in an accelerator program and pitch for seed funding.
  • IBM Call for Code Education Innovation Case Competition: An extension program supporting students advancing equity in education through an international tech-driven case competition. 
  • Up to Us Campus Competition: An extension program supporting students in the U.S. in building a more sustainable economic and fiscal future.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS

Applications will be reviewed by the CGI U Selection Committee. All applicants will be notified of admissions decisions in March 2022. The CGI U Selection Committee is committed to selecting a diverse cohort of students - representing different backgrounds, experiences, regions, institutions, academic studies, and project areas - that demonstrate the motivation to tackle specific challenges, the capacity to develop their leadership skills, and a commitment to CGI U's year-round program.

If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in the selection process, please contact the CGI U team at cgiu@clintonglobalinitiative.org(link sends e-mail).

CGI U 2022 PROGRAM SCHEDULE

All accepted CGI U students are expected to be available for the entirety of the scheduled dates of the three online modules outlined below. Accepted students are required to attend and fully participate in all online module activities. The average time commitment is 3 hours per module.

  • Welcome Week: March 2022
  • Annual Meeting: April 2022
  • Modules 1-3: May 2022 - October 2022

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 2022 program:

  • Participation in at least four (4) small group discussion throughout the program(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, and completion of all accompanying exercises  
  • Completion of one 30-minute individual coaching session with their Commitment Mentor per module (4 in total)
  • Completion of Commitment to Action progress report

 

 

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Eligibility

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SUBMITTING A COMPETITIVE APPLICATION

To be considered for CGI U, students must apply with a Commitment to Action: a new, specific, and measurable initiative that addresses a pressing challenge. We encourage you to use the following resources when preparing your submissions:

  • Topics: Learn about CGI U's Focus Areas and Keywords to determine the scope of your commitment.
  • Development: Use our Commitment to Action Toolkit to design a thoughtful social impact project with diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind.
  • Criteria: Review the Rubric to have a better understanding of what the CGI U Selection Committee is looking for when evaluating student applications.
  • Preparation: Use the Application Preview to draft your application answers before submitting them online.
  • Information Sessions: Join our interactive Prospective Student Sessions to have a better understanding of the CGI U 2022 student programs, Commitment to Action framework, and application processes. Recordings will be available for those unable to join.

Dates:

Deadline: January 21, 2022


Cost/funding for participants:

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 attend the CGI U 2022 annual event at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland from April 9-11, 2022.

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