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TED Fellows Program

Fellowships for Innovative Idea Sharing to USA, Canada,
and International Individuals

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

08/26/18 11:59 PM UTC


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Fellowships for USA, Canada, and International individuals to attend a multi-disciplinary conference centered around the sharing of innovative ideas. Fellows represent a broad range of fields, and may include, but are not limited to, entrepreneurs, scientists, human rights activities, NGO leaders, artists, inventors, and advocates.

Every year, through a rigorous open application process, TED selects a group of rising stars to be TED Fellows. Fellows are chosen based on remarkable achievement, their strength of character and on their innovative approach to solving the world’s tough problems. Fellows are invited to attend a TED conference, where they meet, exchange ideas and connect with the larger TED community. They also give their own TED Talk – an unprecedented opportunity to disseminate their unique ideas to the world.

Once selected as a Fellow, you must be available to speak with the TED Fellows team via videoconference for approximately ten hours (over the course of approximately three months) prior to the TED conference.

The central requirement of the TED Fellowship is that you are available to attend the TED conference in person, for the entire time. In addition to the main five days of the TED conference, all Fellows must participate in a three-day pre­-conference. This means you will be required to block off a total of eight consecutive days in your schedule.

Fellows work with the team on a four-minute TEDtalk in the months leading up to the conference. Before the conference starts, Fellows participate in a pre-conference where they meet the other Fellows, participate in skill-building workshops, attend talk rehearsals and more.

When the main conference begins, Fellows deliver their talks on stage. These are filmed and considered for release on After the talks, Fellows participate in the conference as a regular attendee. They can watch all other talk sessions, speak with other TED attendees, and meet new collaborators and friends.

Applicants selected to be TED Fellows are responsible for getting their own visas. However, TED does provide a formal letter of invitation that should be sufficient for most countries' visa applications. While TED does its best to help each Fellow, it cannot be responsible if a visa is denied. The formal letter of invitation can also be used to document the trip if you are a student studying in another country. TED does cover visa application fees.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173665

Number of Grants:

20 Fellows will be chosen to attend each TED Conference.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Once you are selected as a Fellow, TED will cover the costs of transportation to and from the TED conference, any visa you may need, accommodations and food while at the conference, and conference registration.

Term of Contract:

The Fellowship is a one-year commitment that is centered around a TED Conference (April 15-19, 2019).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be 18 years or older by the time they apply.

TED look for different applicants than many other leadership-oriented programs. Instead of business people, professionals, policy wonks and government officials, the TED Fellows program focuses on doers, makers, inventors, advocates, filmmakers and photographers, musicians and artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, NGO heads, and human rights activists.

In addition to impressive accomplishment, fine character and a good heart are two very important traits looked for in TED Fellows. More than anything, this focus on character has defined the success of the TED Fellows program.

Because the TED Conferences are conducted in English, English proficiency is a requirement. This is to ensure every Fellow gets the most out of their experience. However, TED does not require applicants to be native English speakers.

Pre-Application Information:

Each year TED opens two application cycles: one for TED and one for TEDGlobal. Each application cycle has an opening and closing date. You may only apply to be a Fellow between the opening and closing dates.

TED2019 application cycle
Opening date: June 26, 2018
Closing date: August 26, 2018 (11:59pm UTC)

You can expect to hear results within 6 to 7 months after the application closes. All applicants are notified of whether or not they have been selected to join the TED Fellows program.

All TED Fellows also have the opportunity to apply for a Senior Fellowship and grow their leadership in the Fellows community.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.