Clinton Global Initiative University

Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.

Hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, the 11th annual CGI U meeting will gather more than 1,000 innovative student leaders. Each prospective CGI U student must apply with a Commitment to Action: a new, specific, and measurable plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge, locally or globally. CGI U commitments address specific challenges across CGI U's five focus areas:

  • Education
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Peace & Human Rights
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Public Health

Since 2013, the University of Houston has sponsored student participants at CGI U as part of the University Network. To learn more about how to become a CGI U student, go to

Application Information & Deadlines

To begin the process, review the CGI U Checklist. The meeting is open to students who will be enrolled as undergraduate and graduate student during the fall 2018 semester at the time of the conference.

Applications are now closed for CGI U. Please check back in the spring for application information.

Travel Funding

The University of Houston is committed to sending students to CGI U by providing financial support for a select numbers of participants upon acceptance into CGI U. To receive travel funding applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Be in good judicial standing with the University.
  • Be formally accepted by CGI U to attend the annual conference
  • Submit a completed travel application to the Center for Student Involvement
  • Find a staff, faculty or community Project Mentor who will assist you with your Commitment to Action.

Students who receive funding from the Center for Student Involvement are required to travel as a group. Funding includes transportation to / from the CGI U Meeting and lodging only.

Commitment Funding

Students selected to travel to CGI U, who attend and fully participate in the annual conference are eligible to apply for additional funding toward their CGI U commitment.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee convened by the Center for Student Involvement, following the annual conference.


“CGI-U was that avenue for me to make a positive impact within my community” - Zuan-Fu Lim

“This conference allowed me to acquire ideas and skills that I brought back to my organization in order to enhance my commitment” - Kim Mai Le

“CGI-U is an excellent opportunity for students with new ideas to get feedback from the peers, learn from the firsthand experiences of others interested in the same field as them, and understand the detailed work that goes into having a successful project.” - Batoul Abuharb