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The Clinton Global Initiative University

CGI University Network Seal 2018  Applications are now open

Become a delegate to the 11th annual CGI U conference to be held at University of Chicago from October 19th – 21st

April 23, 2018-  final deadline! 

Hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, the 11th annual CGI U meeting will gather more than 1,000 innovative student leaders who have made Commitments to Action that address some of the world’s most pressing challenges in education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.

The CGI U 2018 meeting will provide opportunities for student commitment-makers to network with one another, attend skill sessions and office hours with leading social innovators, and connect with alumni mentors.

All Cornell students – particularly those who are in their sophomore year or who already have a social entrepreneurship project underway – are encouraged to apply. 

Cornell students must identify a mentor for their commitment to action.

Prior to submitting your application, contact for assistance in identifying a mentor and to learn more about the expectations for Cornell students participating in this extra-curricular program. CGI U delegates may submit applications as individuals or as a team.


Accepted delegates will receive notification directly from the Clinton Foundation. Each student delegate will be expected to work on his/her commitment to action from May 2018 – April 2019.

Want help getting started on your application?

Check out these tips for putting together your application, or join an online information session at

Who participated in prior years?

A total of 15 Cornell students were selected as delegates to the 2017 CGI U conference from thousands of applications to the Clinton Foundation. Five Cornell delegates won cash awards at the January 2018 pitch competition conducted at eHub Collegetown..