Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 2021

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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.

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 is looking for higher education student leaders who are committed to take action in their community to address a pressing challenge. We are looking for undergraduate and graduate students across the world who are motivated to make a positive change in the areas of education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty allevation, and public health. 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.

Application and Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by the CGI U Selection Committee. All applicants will be notified of admissions decisions in February 2021. 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 dedication to CGI U's year-long program.

Please note, you are eligible to apply to the CGI U Class of 2021 if you have never previously been accepted to CGI U, you are at least 18 years of age, and you are currently enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of application.

CGI U 2021 Program Schedule

All accepted CGI U students are expected to be available for the entirety of the scheduled dates of the four 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.

  • Online Module One: February 2021
  • Online Module Two: March 2021
  • Online Module Three: April 2021
  • Online Module Four: May 1, 2021 - November, 2021

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 2021 program:

  • Participation in one, hour-long small group discussion per module (4 in total) (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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Description of Ideal Candidate:

We are looking for undergraduate and graduate students across the world who are motivated to make a positive change in the areas of education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty allevation, and public health. 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 2021 annual event at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland from April 9-11, 2021.


Dates:

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Program Starts: April 09, 2021

Program Ends: April 11, 2021


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 2021 annual event at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland from April 9-11, 2021.

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