Northeastern Deadline: 10/16/2015

Fellowship Deadline: 12/04/2015

Award Details

Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.

Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, youth organizations, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host CGI U 2015 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida from March 6-8, 2015. The meeting will bring together more than 1,100 students to make a difference in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

But CGI U is more than just an event. It is a growing community of young leaders who don't just discuss global challenges - they take real, concrete steps toward solving them. Throughout the year, and as a prerequisite of attending the CGI U meeting, students develop their own Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address pressing challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world. Commitments range from manufacturing wheelchairs for developing countries to establishing campus bike share programs, from creating free vision clinics to developing e-learning applications for mobile phones.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and currently enrolled at Northeastern as of the date of the CGI U meeting: April 1-3, 2016.

Selection Criteria

To apply to attend the 2016 CGI U Meeting, and potentially qualify for seed funding from Northeastern, students must submit a Commitment to Action via the CGI U Website.

CGI U Commitments to Action are made in one of five focus areas, and each is assigned a more specificcommitment keyword. Below are the basic criteria for CGI U commitments, along with five steps that will get you started on developing your own commitment. The CGI U Commitments Map can also help to lead you through this process.

Commitment Criteria

New: Each commitment must be a new initiative for the individual or group making the commitment. If your commitment is an expansion of an existing effort, consider focusing on a different geographic area, working with new partners, or shifting the focus or scope of the initiative.

Specific: Each commitment must address a specific challenge with a defined course of action and detailed objectives. Define your commitment’s goal, outline your planned activities, and identify how long it will realistically take you to complete your project.

Measurable: Each commitment should achieve results that are measurable and can be reported back to CGI U. The impact of your commitment can be determined in many ways, whether you’re measuring volunteers trained, houses built, children tutored, or hours of direct service provided.

Types of Commitments

Individual commitments begin with a single person or a single person representing a group, who chooses to take action to address a pressing global challenge. Although individual commitments might evolve into a larger group effort down the road, they are characterized by the initial enterprise of a single person.

Group commitments begin with a group of young people who decide to take action. Group commitments may be an original group effort, or they can arise from an existing student group that crafts a unique CGI U commitment within their larger mission. Up to four students may apply to attend CGI U with a group commitment, but many more may be involved in its implementation.

Application Procedures

To be considered for admission, all applicants are required to make 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. The early decision and travel assistance deadline is October 16, 2015, and the final application deadline is December 4, 2015.

Before beginning your application, review the CGI U application tips and application checklist.

Office of Fellowships staff are happy to review proposals and offer guidance in formulating a Commitment to Action. In addition, staff at the Social Enterprise Institute can offer guidance to students whose proposed Commitments relate to social enterprise or entrepreneurship.

Award Benefits

Students whose Commitments to Action are selected by CGI U will be invited to attend the annual CGI U Meeting, hosted by President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, on April 1-3, 2016, in San Francisco.

As a member of the CGI U Network, Northeastern has also committed to provide funding for selected students to begin putting their Commitments into practice. Funding is at the discretion of the university and is not guaranteed; consult the Office of Fellowships for more details.

On Campus Contact Information

Dr. Jonna Iacono
Director, Office of Fellowships
411 Richards Hall

Fellowship Contact Information