October 31, 2016: Commons Application Launch on MyAshokaU.org

January 6, 2017: Deadline to submit an application

By January 13, 2017: Final selected participants notified; All other participants will be notified of their acceptance into the Commons on a rolling basis

January 17, 2017: Preparation for Commons begins; All participants are given access to the NovoEd platform to begin reviewing materials

January 23, 2017: Commons Program Launches

January 30, 2017: Final registration and payment deadline for all accepted participants

April 21, 2017: Cohorts Program Concludes


$1500 per person; limited scholarships available

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 January 2017 cohort will open on October 31st, 2016 and close on January 6th, 2017.


Each cohort will have up to six participating institutions who will work together for 3 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.