Before You Apply

Hosted by President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, the 11th annual CGI U meeting will take place October 19-21, 2018 at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Through the CGI University Network and other opportunities, over $750,000 in funding will be available to select CGI U 2018 students to help them turn their ideas into action. You can apply as an individual or as a group of up to three students at the link below:


The Early Decision and Travel Assistance deadline is 11:59 PM on March 16, 2018.

The Regular Decision deadline is 11:59 PM on April 23, 2018.

Eligibility: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of application. (Ex: A student graduating in the Spring of 2018 would be eligible to apply.) Students who will be at least 18 years of age and enrolled in an institution of higher education by October 2018 are also eligible to apply. (Ex: A high school senior who turns 18 years of age in June 2018 and commences university studies by October 2018 or a university graduate enrolling in an advanced degree program by October 2018 would also be eligible to apply.)

Apply with a Commitment to Action: To be considered for admission, all applicants are required to design a Commitment to Action in one of CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application in May 2018.

Know an Exceptional Student Candidate for CGI U? Fill out this nomination form and our team will email the nominee directly with instructions on how to apply.

Resources for Developing a Competitive Application: While the CGI U application process is selective, it is also designed to be inclusive and enriching as you work toward developing your Commitment to Action.

Have questions? Join us for webinars and in-person information sessions during the application season. At these webinars and information sessions, you will have a chance to ask our staff questions directly and learn more about CGI U, the application process, CGI U 2018 at the University of Chicago. For a complete schedule of webinars and information sessions, click here.

If you have any questions about our application, please call 212.710.4492 or email [email protected].

Please note, our team receives a large volume of enquiries and we will do our best to respond in a timely manner.