CGI University Network Seal 2018

Turn your ideas into action with the Clinton Global Initiative 

Each year, the CGI University network invites innovative students to a meeting in order to engage the next generation of leaders around the world to develop novel solutions to pressing global challenges. Students create their own Commitments to Action that address issues on campus, in local communities, or around the world.

Represent Virginia Tech at this prestigious event!

This is Virginia Tech's first year participating in CGI U as a Network Member. Apply to join us at the next CGI U meeting on October 19-21, 2018 at the University of Chicago. You will meet President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, other celebrities, topic experts and many engaged students from around the world.

Virginia Tech supports the participation of our students at the CGI U meeting with a total of $10,000. These funds will cover group transportation, lodging, and meals for a delegation of ten students.  This opportunity is open to both graduate and undergraduate students at all of our Virginia Tech campuses. 

The CGI U 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.

Eligibility criteria

You are a Virginia Tech student with an innovative idea in one of the five CGI U focus areas:

  • Education

    Environment and Climate Change

  • Peace and Human Rights

  • Poverty Alleviation

  • Public Health

You are committed to turn this project idea into action within the next year. You can apply as an individual or together with maximum of two other Virginia Tech students.

Apply today

If you are interested in submitting a Commitment to Action and joining the next CGI U meeting on October 19-21, 2018 at the University of Chicago, please apply here. Note the upcoming deadlines:

  • The Early Decision deadline is 11:59 p.m. on March 16, 2018.

  • The Regular Decision deadline is 11:59 p.m. on April 23, 2018. 

You will be notified of your acceptance on May 9, 2018.

Questions about the process?

There will be four information sessions on the Blacksburg campus. All will be held in 236 Squires Student Center:

  • Friday, March 16: 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

  • Monday, March 19: 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 20: 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 21: 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

The CGI U Campus Representative at Virginia Tech and director of VT Engage, Tricia Smith is available to answer questions and support you with your online application. She can be reached at or 540-231-7935.

CGI U webinars: you may also attend the CGI U hosted webinars to learn more. 

Further information

About CGI U (PDF, 2 MB)

Develop a Commitment to Action (PDF, 142 KB)

Commitments to Action Examples (PDF, 160 KB)

Application Tips

CGI U Application Checklist

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