June 15, 2016. Commons Application Launch

July 22, 2016. Deadline to submit an application

August 11, 2016. Selected participants notified

August 21, 2016. Pre-launch prep begins

August 26, 2016. Payment deadline

September 6, 2016. Cohorts launch

December 2, 2016. Cohorts conclude


$1500 per person.

Application Process

Currently, anyone employed by a higher education institution is eligible to apply for the Commons. Ashoka U will review all applications and determine participants based on preparedness, interest, and availability of cohort themes. Applications for the Fall 2016 cohort will open on June 15 and close on July 22.


Each cohort will have up to eight participating institutions who will work together for 3.5 months. The approximate time commitment over that period includes: 7 hours of instruction, 8 hours of peer collaboration, and 15 hours of project development time.

Want to learn more? Contact Ali Fraenkel, Commons Manager, at afraenkel@ashoka.org.