Clinton Global Initiative University - Call for student project leaders


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Turn your ideas into action and win seed funding from UNIL and an invitation to participate in the annual CGIU meeting in Edinburgh, UK

The next call will be open in autumn 2020

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) is a University network aimed at engaging students around pressing global challenges in five focus areas:

  • education
  • environment and climate change
  • peace and human rights
  • poverty alleviation
  • public health

UNIL is a CGIU member, which opens opportunities for UNIL students to take their ideas forward and maybe attend the annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting!

Check out the experience of the UNIL delegation at the San Francisco meetings.


What is in the call for projects

Students, either individually or in groups, apply by creating a Commitment to Action (action plan). These commitments should be ideas and actions that address social or environmental challenges on campuses, in communities or in different parts of the world at a small or large scale.

UNIL students whose projects are approved by CGIU can apply for seed funding from UNIL (up to USD 2,000 per project, to distribute equally between expenses of the project and travel costs to join the annual meeting) to take their idea forward.

CGIU meeting

The CGIU meeting brings together students representing over 75 countries who share commitments to critical global issues. University representatives, topic experts, and celebrities will join students at CGIU to help them gain the skills and knowledge needed to take action on their commitments. Student attendees will have the opportunity to attend plenary sessions, working sessions, and other special events allowing them to network with their peers, build skills, share best practice, brainstorm and identify potential partnerships to put their project in practice.

CGIU meeting 2016 at the University of California Berkeley, in San Francisco.

Examples of projects

Projects range from the creation of a soccer ball that generates energy, a post-conflict sports league, a youth nutrition course, an empowerment program for blind and visually-impaired students in Lebanon and many more! Since 2008, students have made more than 4,800 Commitments to Action, and more than USD 1 million in funding has been awarded to these commitment-makers.


Applications are now closed. The next call will be open in autumn 2020.


Applicants must be enrolled with UNIL (bachelor, master of PhD levels) and have sufficient English skills to attend the annual meeting.

Application process

The International Relations Office will launch a preliminary application to prepare the official call. The deadline for pre-applications will be announced in autumn 2020.

  1. If you plan to apply for UNIL funding, please get in touch with the UNIL contact person (see above) before submitting your commitment to CGIU. Only applications approved by UNIL on the first hand can receive UNIL funding after CGIU selection.
  2. Watch the CGIU information video here.
  3. Attend an information session at UNIL (check with contact person).
  4. Submit your preliminary application (form available below) by October 6, 2019, to the UNIL contact person.
  5. Apply on the CGIU website

Applicants will be informed directly by CGIU of the result of their application.

Application form

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Ms Sylvie Kohli
International Relations Office
University of Lausanne
T.: +41 21 692 20 24