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Apply by July 31st, 2024!
Stipends are available for social entrepreneurs and leaders working on youth empowerment and in INGOs.

Everything you need to know about your application:

Are you ready to become a leader of change? Get access to all the tools for systems-changing social entrepreneurship, know your purpose and connect to a community of peers? The application phase is now open, and special stipends are available social entrepreneurs and leaders working on youth empowerment and in INGOs. Fill out the form to apply and be selected as one of 30 participants – apply by July 31st!

So, you are ready to join the Ashoka Visionary Program?

The Ashoka Visionary Program is the pioneering, part-time leadership program empowering decision makers from all sectors to solve societal problems in an entrepreneurial way, and Central-Eastern Europe is one of its three locations. We founded the Ashoka Visionary Program in 2015, starting with with the Central and Eastern European region.

Right now, one more cohort is taking place in Vienna. 2024-25 will be the tenth time in CEE that we offer 30 decision-makers and leading changemakers from across Europe this transformational learning journey.

Modules Dates of the 7 modules
(Oct 2024 – June 2025)
1 10-12 October 2024
2  29-30 November 2024
3 17-18 January 2025
4 28 February – 1 March 2025
5 5-6 April 2025
6 16-17 May 205
7 26-27 June 2025

The program offers a similar experience across all regions, thus the target group, requirements to join, curriculum and other key infos not specified here remain the same everywhere.

You can find all the info on the:
About the Program Page

Apply now for the next cohort starting in October 2024!

Apply by July 31st, 2024!
Stipends are available for social entrepreneurs and leaders working on youth empowerment and in INGOs.

Application Process

Let’s get ready to attend 7 practice-based modules, of 15 days in total (Friday-Saturday), between October 2023 and June 2024? And invest in your future to come out transformed. Learn more about your successful application process for the executive leadership program:


Brew yourself a good coffee/tea and apply. Please notice that we process applications on a rolling basis, so we recommend applying early.


Once that is done, we will take a maximum of 2 weeks to review your application and let you know if your profile fits the program.


If it does, we will contact you via mail with an invitation for a personal interview to take place over the course of the following days.

The key selection criteria are high motivation and a successful personal interview.


You have the interview with a member of the Ashoka Visionary Program-team.


2 weeks after the interview latest, we will inform you if it’s a match and you have been selected.

Welcome on the journey! We have different options of payment, with the participant fee either to be paid at once or in several instalments.


The program costs 10,000 € in CEE, it may vary in other regions. Stipends are available, please check the info below. Ashoka Fellows and the co-leaders of their social entreprises join for a special reduced rate of 1,000€.


We offer three types of LIMITED stipends: €2,500 for individuals in a transition phase, €5,000 for representatives of NGOs, foundations, or public institutions, and €7,500 for social entrepreneurs. These stipends are designed to assist individuals who cannot afford the full program price. Stipend decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director.

The participation fee is EUR 10.000 (tax exemption due to Ashoka´s non-profit status).

Stipends available! We offer individual stipends for social entrepreneurs and additional stipends (for leaders from the foundation-, corporate- and NGO-sector)

Financing options for people living/working in Austria

Austrian database for scholarships and research grants: OeAD (Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education & Research) helps you find the adequate Scholarship or Research Grant according to your country of origin as well as your preferred destination oead.grants.at

Further education funding of the EU

You can find funding opportunities on erasmus+ for people in adult education here.

Educational leave – Bildungskarenz

The Public Employment Service Austria (Arbeitsmarktservice Österreich – AMS) has accepted the courses of the Ashoka Visionary Program as vocational training for educational leave for previous participants. If requested by participants we provide a confirmation of the total duration of the program and also a certificate of participation after completing the program that can be used for application at the AMS for educational leave.

Please note that the AMS decides on a case-by-case basis on the eligibility. If you need certificates and documentation for your participation in the Visionary Program for application at the AMS get in touch with us!

Financial Benefits for Employees and Companies

Employees and self-employed persons save up to 50% of the program fee.

In case you are employed or self-employed and afford the fees on your own, our program fees are fully tax-deductible if you pay taxes in Austria. The prerequisite for the tax authorities is that the program falls under professional development training in the present field of occupation or in a related profession. Depending on your income, you can get up to 50% of the program costs back.

This means that not only program fees but also additional costs connected with the program (e.g. travel expenses, accommodation, literature, program hand-outs, flat rate for up to max. 5 days regarding food and beverages) are fully deductible.

Similar tax arrangements can be found in other countries. For further information, please refer to the responsible institution in your home country.

Unlike bonuses, tuition fees are exempt from taxation, which is a considerable advantage for the employee. For the employer, tuition fees do not amount to payroll-related costs and therefore do not incur payroll related contributions. At the same time, costs are shared by the Austrian state, which covers 31% for a public limited company and 61% for an individual enterprise. The pre-requisite for the above mentioned treatment is that the employee’s participation in the tuition program is in the interest of the employer.

Further information on tax deductions in Austria is available at the Website of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance: english.bmf.gv.at

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Raphaela Tončić-Sorinj
Raphaela Tončić-SorinjCo-Director Ashoka Austria and Director Ashoka Visionary Program
Olga Shirobokova
Olga ShirobokovaLead of Knowledge at Ashoka, Partner at Ashoka Globalizer, Academic Director Visionary Program
Mar De José Homs
Mar De José HomsCommunity Director Ashoka Austria and Manager Ashoka Visionary Program
Georg Schön
Georg SchönCo-Director Ashoka Austria, Program Director Ashoka Europe
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