Supporting the Worlds Leading Social Entrepreneurs


The Ashoka Fellowship 

Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who drive forward innovative solutions to social problems that are changing patterns across society. They demonstrate unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and prove that empathy, creativity, leadership and teamwork are tremendous forces for change. 

All Ashoka Fellows, prior to their election into the Ashoka Fellowship, complete a rigorous Search and Selection Process during which they demonstrate that they fully meet Ashoka’s Selection Criteria: New Idea, Creativity, Entrepreneurial Quality, Social Impact and Ethical Fiber. Once elected into the Ashoka Fellowship, these leading social entrepreneurs receive a range of support from Ashoka which enables them to grow, scale their impact and create more positive societal change.

In Scandinavia, Ashoka Fellows begin their Fellowship with a robust onboarding process and 3 year Engagement Plans aiming to enable their growth and strengthen their social impact. As they journey through the first 3 years, they gain access to the Ashoka Support Network and other regional and global supporters ranging from investors and strategic partners to pro-bono service providers. They also have opportunities to meet dedicated changemakers in Scandinavia and other regions for knowledge exchange, further idea generation, and cross-sector collaborations.


Components of the Ashoka Fellowship include:


Where necessary, Ashoka provides Fellows with a living stipend if they comply with Ashoka's global stipend policy. The stipend serves to enable the Fellow to focus full-time on the realization of their new idea. 


Ashoka has a robust global network of social entrepreneurs, changemakers, investors, supporters and thought leaders who share resources to help scale the growth and social impact of Fellows and their systems changing ideas.


Ashoka works with many strategic and pro bono partners that Fellows are connected with for assistance with finance, strategy, marketing to name a few.


Fellows join a global community of changemakers, collaborators and partners. They gain visibility through Ashoka's brand, programs, initiatives and the stories Ashoka's community shares to local and global audiences. 

Meet Scandinavia's Newest Ashoka Fellows

Ashoka Fellows are not only problem solvers in their own fields, but also role models for the entire citizen sector. Through their work they inspire and empower others to transform their fields, communities, society – wherever they are most needed. Ashoka Fellows pioneer a world where Everyone can be a Changemaker. 




Ashoka Fellows Around the World

Ashoka encourages its Fellows to work together collaboratively, recognizing that even more powerful than an idea in the hands of a social entrepreneur is a ‘team of teams’ – social entrepreneurs working together to jointly solve our society’s most critical problems. Ashoka enables Fellows move from an individual identity as a social entrepreneur to a group identity as a key player in reaching an Everyone a Changemaker world.