Commonality Institute Fellowships

The Commonality Institute’s Fellows is a pilot program designed to meet the needs of scholars, seekers, thinkers and doers while growing the institute in strategic directions. Our interest is in nurturing our fellows’ facility with commonality concepts in order to fulfill critical educational roles. Fellows have unique access to institute leaders and collaborators during their tenure which can last from 3 – 9 months.

A unique benefit of joining our fellows program during the pilot year, is that institute programming seeks to form around fellows particular needs. For example if a fellow finds they are in need of more community or discussion time to grapple with particular content, the institute will seek to develop a class, discussion group or other solutions to sustain and best nurture our fellows. In this way the institute will grow together with our fellows.

We offer the following strategic fellowships at this time:

Wikipedia Fellow

This is an incredible opportunity if interested in both deeper study with the institute and Wikipedia editing. Many important topics remain underdeveloped, uneven, poorly explained, or simply neglected on Wikipedia in relation to Grahn’s published work and commonality concepts. Further reach includes adding Grahn’s cultural contributions to articles, particularly in relation in Another Mother Tongue and Blood, Bread & Roses (BB&R). For example add Grahn’s idea from chapter 9 of BB&R to the ‘little red riding hood’ entry.

Social Media & Art Fellow

This fellowship is uniquely designed for persons with social media, content production/graphic design skills, and creativity. Pursuing individualized study with the directors, this fellow will be supported to both pursue their own interests as well as gain comprehension of key commonality concepts and tools in order to develop social media content and strategy. This fellow serves a key educational role within the institute.

Translation Fellow

This position is for individuals who seeks to translate Grahn’s work or institute materials and resources (including website content) into another language. This position significantly contributes to our commitment to accessibility and a desire for internationalism. Translators of all languages are welcome to apply and will be provided support from institute leadership.


  1. Invited residency (3-6 weeks) at My Good Judy, French Quarter, New Orleans
  2. Fully subsidized enrollment to all trainings, classes, and events
  3. VIP access to all events
  4. Individualized and substantial education/direction
  5. Institutional support for resources and materials needed
  6. All member benefits
  7. Successful fellows may be granted Senior Fellows status upon retirement from their position if they seek to remain involved with the organization and its mission

Additional Details:

  1. Fellowship can be modified to meet one’s internship requirements if needed
  2. Number of hours and length of time is flexible based on agreed upon project
  3. This is an unpaid position
  4. Remote position supported by zoom, phone, email and possible in-person meetings with staff in New Orleans, Oakland and other cities/countries possible based on upcoming staff travel

The Commonality Institute fellowships are awarded based on skill, experience or achievement in the subject area as well as by vote of institute leadership and Senior Fellows. Applications for the inaugural fellowship year will be accepted beginning April 1, 2019.

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