What is CGIU?

The Clinton Global Initiative University is an annual meeting where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. Over 1,200 students from over 70 countries gather to focus on ways to make a difference in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Based on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Bill Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of global leaders on college campuses around the world.

What is UVA's relationship with CGIU?

UVA is a CGIU University Network member. UVA's membership allows UVA students to apply to participate in the annual CGIU meeting. Each student or student team submits a competitive proposal (a Commitment to Action) which, if selected, will allow up to three team members to attend CGIU.

How is my project chosen and when will I know?

CGIU reviews and selects all Commitments to Action. Please consult the CGIU website for the most updated information on deadlines, announcements and meeting dates.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to attend CGIU, however, travel and accommodations are not provided. If you apply by the early deadline (generally mid-fall) CGIU may award limited travel support. The University of Virginia may provide airfare and shared accommodations for students who have been accepted to CGIU and who comply with reporting requirements.

How do I implement and fund my project?

UVA offers multiple resources for funding, faculty mentorship, and training in culturally appropriate engagement. The Center for Undergraduate Excellence, the Center for Global Health and CORE (Cultural Orientation Reflection and Engagement) and the Galant Center for Entrepreneurship offer information and guidance.  Students may seek funding and mentoring through the CGIU Innovation Fund and the Resolution Project.

Why does UVA support this opportunity?

The CGIU opportunity augments UVA programming which emphasizes interdisciplinary and collaborative work, responsible research, and social entrepreneurship.