Clinton Global Initiative University - Call for student project leaders


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Turn your ideas into action, win seed funding from UNIL and access to the CGIU year-round mentorship programme and annual conference in Nashville

The call is open until 4th January 2023

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) is a University network aimed at engaging students around pressing global challenges.

As a member of the CGIU, UNIL enables its students to take their ideas forward by participating in the network's annual programme of mentoring, exchange sessions, student engagement events, and an annual 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 (max 3 students), apply by creating a Commitment to Action (action plan). These commitments should be ideas and actions that address one of the United Nation Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs), social or environmental challenges on campuses, in communities or in different parts of the world at a small or large scale.

In its selection, UNIL will favour projects that are rather local.

UNIL students whose projects are approved both by CGIU and UNIL may also win seed funding from UNIL (up to USD 2,000 per project and meant also to cover travel and housing during the annual conference).

The application form is available here.

CGIU meeting

The CGIU meeting took place online in 2021 and 2022, bringing together selected students representing over 75 countries, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities who share there experience during a day of exchanges. The 2023 annual conference is announced in person, at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville from 3 to 5 Mach 2023.

CGIU past meetings

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, more than 11'000 students with a Commitments to Action have been selected and more than USD 4 millions in funding has been awarded to these commitment-makers.


Applications are open until 4th January 2023


Applicants must be enrolled with UNIL (bachelor, master of PhD levels) and have sufficient English skills to interact in the programme.

Application process

  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 both by UNIL and CGIU.
  2. Watch the CGIU information video here.
  3. Attend an information session at UNIL (check with contact person).
  4. Submit your application in two steps before 4th January 2023

Applicants will be informed directly by CGIU of the result of their application and by UNIL if seed funding is approved.

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Mr Emmanuel Cenuse
International Relations Office
University of Lausanne
T.: +41 21 692 20 46