June 19, 2017: Launch of Commons applications for Session 4 (September to December 2017) and Session 5 (February 2018 – May 2018).

August 1, 2017: Deadline for applications for September 2017 session of the Commons

By August 11, 2017: All accepted participants notified of cohort placement

August 28, 2017: Registered participants get access to the Commons learning and community platform for orientation materials

September 11, 2017: First module of the Commons officially begins for all cohorts


$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 September 2017 cohort will open on June 19, 2017 and close on August 1, 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.

Interested? We’d love to share more.
Sign up for a 20 minute introduction call with our team or
email Ali Fraenkel, Commons Manager, at afraenkel@ashoka.org