Who are Ashoka Fellows?
Ashoka Fellows are practical visionaries who introduce, and fully commit themselves to realizing, an important, new idea. They bring to bear on the social problem a fresh analysis and insight about how to fix it. They get systems unstuck and open new opportunities for citizens to be changemakers. With creativity and entrepreneurial skill, they push ahead their idea until it changes a pattern through wide adoption, often over many years.
Ashoka teams use a standard selection criteria to gauge a candidate’s fit with Ashoka as an Ashoka Fellow. Drawing on national and global perspectives, our interview sequence explores a candidate’s life history of entrepreneurship and the idea’s emergence and likelihood for systemic impact.
We learn of candidates in two main ways: we actively look for them in fields ripe for change, and our community – you! – continuously alerts us to social entrepreneurs for whom the Ashoka Fellow route may be appropriate.
Help us find social entrepreneurs whose innovations help cultivate empathy!
We will follow up with you as our review team has questions, and directly with the candidate as we see a fit. Because it is thorough, the selection effort does take time – the candidate’s and Ashoka’s – so we enter conversations as we see a potentially close match with our criteria.