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Applications open for the Clinton Foundation’s CGI U programme

Students can now apply to join the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) class of 2020.

CGI U is a year-long student leadership programme aimed at bringing together the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators from universities and colleges around the world. 

The year-round programme gives students access to high-level mentorship, a social impact curriculum, funding streams, and student engagement events. Successful applicants will also be invited to the annual CGI U meeting, hosted by Bill and Chelsea Clinton at the University of Edinburgh from 17-19th April 2020.

The programme is open to all undergraduate or graduate students from higher education institutes. 

You can apply to CGI U by completing an application form via the Clinton Global Initiative website:

Apply for CGI U

About CGI U

The programme is aimed at people who are passionate about making a difference. Previous CGI U students have taken action on issues such as disaster recovery and response, civic participation, maternal health, and providing access to resources for migrants and refugees.

The programme is looking for students who are motivated to make a positive change in five focus areas:

  • Education
  • Environment and climate change
  • Peace and human rights
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Public health

Application process

As part of the application process, you will need to submit a plan for Commitment to Action – a social impact project that addresses a pressing national or global challenge. 

Applications will need to be submitted by 07:59am BST on Tuesday 5 November (11:59PM Pacific Time on Monday 4 November 2019).

The University is also offering two workshops to help you with your application:

If you have any further questions about CGI U, please email or call +1 212 710 4492.

This is a really exciting opportunity for Edinburgh students to come together with students from across the globe to think big about what could be possible and be achieved by future generations. As young people, we have the power to shape not only our own futures, but also consider how we shape the bigger picture and I believe this is an opportunity to do just that. I encourage all students interested in attending to put in an application and making your own call for action!

Andrew WilsonPresident, Edinburgh University Students' Association

Related links

Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) website

Commitment to Action support