New York –CGI U launched the COVID-19 Student Action Fund on April 18, 2020 at the CGI U At Home virtual event hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton. This fund will identify and support select students at universities around the world who are committed to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
Working within the CGI U Commitment to Action model, this fund will provide at least $100,000 in total funding to students, with each grant awarded ranging from $2,000 to $5,000.
This action fund is geared towards awareness and prevention campaigns, social enterprises, infectious disease monitoring and response systems, and other emergency response initiatives that are providing immediate support for public health practitioners and other essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With special thanks to our supporters: Founding Partner, Kevin Xu, and our CGI University Network.
All applications must be submitted by 11:59PM ET on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
Application and Selection Process
- Phase One: All applications must be submitted by Wednesday, June 3, 2020
- Phase Two: Second round applicants will be invited to submit a 3-minute video for grant consideration, answering specific prompts about their COVID-19 Commitment to Action
- Notifications: All students who applied will be notified of their application status by mid to late-June
- CGI U Participation: All selected students will receive invitations to participate in the CGI U 2021 program, including an invitation to attend the CGI U 2021 annual event at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland from April 9-11, 2021
Students are eligible to apply to the CGI U COVID-19 Student Action Fund if they have previously been accepted to CGI U or if they have never previously been accepted to CGI U; they are at least 18 years of age; and they are currently enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of application.