Present – August 1, 2018: Application is open for Fall 2018 Session of the Commons

August 1, 2018: Application Deadline for Fall 2018 Session

August 10, 2018: Notification of Acceptance and Cohort Placement

August 20, 2018: Deadline to Confirm Participation (Note: Our payment deadline is extended through late September for your convenience.)

September 10th – December 21st, 2018: Fall 2018 Session of the Commons


$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 Fall 2018 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 3.5 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.