Present – January 2019: Application is open for Spring 2019 Session of the Commons

January 18, 2019: Application Deadline for Spring 2019 Session

Week of January 21st: Notification of Acceptance and Cohort Placement

January 28, 2019: Deadline to Confirm Participation (Note: Our payment deadline is extended through late February for your convenience.)

February 4th – May 24th, 2018: Full duration of the Spring 2019 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. You can complete our Spring 2019 Application at any time and our team will coordinate with you for any other details of your placement and participation. 


Each cohort will have up to six participating institutions who will work together for almost 4 months. You can preview our program timeline here.


“Being a part of the Commons experience was the best decision I made upon starting my new role at MDC. Having the chance to connect with my peers on other campuses helped me to quickly expand my view of this changemaking work. The resources provided through the Commons were essential – while the relationships nurtured through the Commons were critical to my building a community with great people doing this work alongside me!

– Sandra Lafleur, Director of Social Change Initiatives, Miami Dade College

Have more questions?  

Email Ali Fraenkel at afraenkel@ashoka.org.