Join President Bill Clinton and more than 1,000 students, topic experts, and celebrities to network and develop projects to address pressing global issues by applying to Clinton Global Initiative University.

CGI U students are required to develop a Commitment to Action: a new, specific, and measurable plan that addresses a challenge on their campus, in their local community, or around the world. Commitments to action should fall under one of the 5 CGI U focus areas:

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

Students submit applications directly to CGI U. Accepted students will work with NYU mentors to develop their projects and attend the annual CGI U conference. NYU CGI U students will have the opportunity to compete for up to $10,000 in seed funding for their projects.

About CGI U

To harness the potential of the next generation of leaders from campuses around the world, President Clinton launched CGI University (CGI U) in 2007. Each year, CGI U convenes a meeting where students, youth organizations, and renowned experts come together to turn ideas into action.

What is a good Commitment to Action?

Need help getting started? Check out CGI U's Committments Map to help brainstorm your project.

Previous NYU student Commitments to Action have included:

  • Computer science programs for junior high teachers in Accra, Ghana
  • An academic competition for Ethiopian high school students
  • Mobile application to anonymously report bullying incidents for middle and high schoolers
  • Project to connect corporations with leftover food from meetings to social institutions
  • Storytelling platform to raise money for charity
  • Distributing sustainable light bulbs to low income households in IndiaWater sanitation, private bathrooms, and female empowerment in Ghana
  • A good Commitment to Action is new, specific, and measurable, and is organized and well-thought out. CGI U’s website has further information on how to develop a strong Commitment to Action.


NYU has committed $10,000 in seed funding towards CGI U projects. NYU students who are accepted into CGI U are invited to present their projects to the CGI U Mentor team in order to be considered for a portion of the funding. We encourage students to seek out any additional funding that may be needed from other sources (such as fundraising, philanthropists, a foundation, or NGO).


Undergraduate and graduate students at NYU are eligible to apply. Groups of students from the same campus, as well as individual students, may submit applications.

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held to explain in greater detail what CGI U is and how to apply.

More Information

Please visit the CGI U website or email


Applications are submitted directly through CGI U’s website.