Clinton Global Initiative University

Group photo of 2018 Clinton Global Initiative University CGI U cohort dressed in professional clothing in front of blue CGI U backdrop.

Turn ideas into action with the Clinton Global Initiative  University

Each year, the CGI University (CGI U) 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.

2018 was Virginia Tech's first year participating in CGI U as an official network member. We sent seven students to the meeting. Read about their experiences in this VT News article.

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 Virginia Tech campuses. 

The CGI U meeting provides opportunities for students to network with one another, attend skill sessions and office hours with leading social innovators, and connect with alumni mentors.

Applications will open in fall 2019!

The next CGI U Network meeting will be held in spring 2020. Exact date is still to be determined.

Questions? Contact Eliza Wethey, associate director for global engagement, at or 540-231-5853.

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 a maximum of two other Virginia Tech students.