The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI-U) is now accepting applications for their 2019 session. Students (undergrad and grad students) can submit their project ideas to be considered now.

Since 2013, the University of Arkansas has partnered with CGI-U for students to propose their own solutions to universal problems. These young leaders develop innovative solutions that address pressing global challenges and CGI-U connects them with successful practitioners and policy-makers for an international collaborative event. Students also learn how to take their proposed solutions and create an action plan that can be applied in the field. The meeting helps participants build cooperative relationships between students with similar goals, fund-raise for their projects, and share their proposals with some of the best minds in humanitarianism.

Past projects from the UA include a handheld device to detect waterborne pathogens, a mobile app that addresses sexual assault on college campuses, a “National Campus Pantry Coalition” proposals to connect other university food pantries and many other projects all proposed by UA students.

CGI-U is an ongoing supportive process that helps students actually implement their ideas through the support of on-campus mentors and community leaders. This year, the CGI-U will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. This is the first time in the program’s history that the conference will be hosted outside of the United States, providing an incredible opportunity for student leaders to connect with one another across borders.

The final deadline for CGI-U 2019 proposals is Oct. 15. The deadline for travel grants through the Clinton Foundation is Sept. 30. Find proposal guidelines on the Clinton Foundation website and contact the Center for Community Engagement for more information.