Applications invited for 2020 Global Engagement Summit

Applications invited for 2020 Global Engagement Summit

Organization: Global Engagement Summit

Event Duration: 21 Aug. 2019 - 15 Oct. 2019

Apply By: 15 Oct 2019

About the Organization

The Global Engagement Summit believes that by connecting and empowering students they can begin to meet pressing social needs. They are a student-run social innovation conference that gathers young change makers from around the world to develop and implement effective social ventures. By connecting delegates with experts in international development and successful entrepreneurs, they create a launchpad that transforms ideas into realities.

About the Summit

The Global Engagement Summit (GES) empowers young changemakers to produce responsible and sustainable solutions to shared global problems. They do this by providing training, facilitating mentorships and connecting driven students with innovative thought leaders. In addition to tangible outcomes, resources and opportunities, GES also strives to provide a forum for discussing critical issues and evaluating why we want to "do good well." Through GES, students can share challenging ideas, explore the realms of social entrepreneurship and community development and equip themselves with the tools needed to take their social ventures beyond good intention

The Summit is a week-long conference held every April at Northwestern University. Delegates from around the world arrive with change-based projects that can tackle any social change from education to healthcare to sustainability. If their project is in the ideas phase, they help them make their plan a reality. If it's already up and coming, we help them become more impactful.


Delegates leave the Summit with tangible skills and newly learned strategies to improve their project and create change in the most effective way possible. Past projects include a creative arts education center in Cambodia, a marketing NGO for small businesses in Egypt and an organization that connect local food pantries with college dining halls to minimize food waste in the U.S.

The Summit offers a wide variety of capacity-building programs ranging from hands-on workshops to individualized mentoring sessions. Because projects brought to GES can be anywhere in the development process and tackle a host of different types of social challenges, Summit programming is customizable to each delegate. Once accepted, delegates will apply for and be placed in workshops relevant to their specific project and the goals they wish to accomplish.

Eligibility for a delegate

Any college-aged person with a social change project or idea is invited to apply to the Global Engagement Summit. They understand that depending on applicant’s individual situation, s/he may be older or younger than the average American undergraduate student. Feel free to apply regardless. If applicant has any questions, contact delegates@theges.org .


Each year, GES brings people from over 40 countries, 50 universities, and 35 businesses and organizations to Northwestern's campus. Their delegates are young social entrepreneurs with ideas, energy, and determination to put their projects into action.

Their speakers and facilitators are experts in various fields such as education, social entrepreneurship, global health, etc. and are qualified to offer to delegates tangible skills to advance both their project and personal development.


The Summit curriculum consists of three keynote address, a variety of skill-building workshops, small group discussions and feedback sessions, mentoring sessions and cultural and social activities.


GES has a registration fee of $75 that covers food daily breakfast, lunch, and some dinners. Delegates are housed for free in homestays with GES student staff members. Travel to and from a home country or U.S. state of residence is covered by the delegate.  All personal costs including some dinners and public transportation costs will be incurred by the delegate. All costs for facilitators are covered by GES.

Financial Aid

The Global Engagement Summit provides need-based financial aid. Financial aid is available and will be awarded on a case by case basis to cover some/all of the cost of the summit and travel expenses. Once delegates are accepted, they will be sent a financial aid application. However, accepted delegates are encouraged to seek funding from their own universities first.

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