Apply by Friday, January 29!

President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton are calling on student leaders across the world to make Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address challenges in education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, or public health. Accepted students receive personalized mentorship, access to a social impact curriculum, and an invitation to our virtual annual meeting in partnership with Howard University.

We are also excited to share that $350,000 in start-up funding will be available to student innovators through a new challenge with Verizon. Details about this program, which include a pitch competition and accelerator through VentureWell, are coming soon.

Applications are now open for undergraduate and graduate students. Apply by Friday, January 29, 2021 to be part of CGI U’s global cohort at

Apply to CGI U 2021

Application resources
Interactive Information Sessions: Want to learn more about the CGI U program and application process in advance of the January 29 deadline. Connect with the CGI U team through a series of informational webinars:

Tuesday, January 19 at 12:00pm ET •Register here
Thursday, January 21 at 4:00pm ET • Register here
Tuesday, January 26 at 3:00pm ET • Register here
Thursday, January 28 at 10:00am ET • Register here

Nominate a Student: If you know a student who would be a great candidate for the CGI U program, nominate them here. Our team will follow up with the student directly informing them of their nomination and with instructions on how to apply.

Help Spread the Word: Want to help us get the word out about CGI U? Here’s a toolkit to get you started.

Start Working on Your Application: All students interested in applying to CGI U 2021 are strongly encouraged to download this application preview to prepare their answers in advance and get feedback from advisors and peers before submitting.

What do our alumni say?
“CGI U means community, it means commitment, and it means fearlessly supporting each other.”– CGI U ’13 Daquan Oliver of Babson College

“CGI U means taking action. It represents an opportunity for young students and professionals to really plant a stake in the ground and dedicate their time to something meaningful.”– CGI U ’09 Ashifi Gogo of Dartmouth College

“CGI U means a calling for students who are dedicated, determined, and diligent in making a positive impact through their persistence and passionate aspirations.”– CGI U ’11 Randolph Portugal of The College of New Jersey

“CGI U means innovation to create positive action for this world, for our current generation, and for the next generations to come.”– CGI U ’13
Kristin Duquette of Trinity College

For questions, comments, ideas, or concerns, please email the CGI team at


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