January 2017: Launch of Spring 2017 Commons Program

May 2017: Conclusion of Spring 2017 Commons Program

June 2017: Launch of applications for upcoming session of the Commons (September to December 2017)

August 2017: Applications close and accepted participants get access to the Commons platform to prepare for the program

September 2017: Launch of our next Commons Program


$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 1st, 2016 and close in August.


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.