TED Fellows Program

The TED Fellows program provides transformational support to a global community of over 470+ remarkable individuals who are collaborating across disciplines to spark positive change around the world

Apply to be a TED Fellow

Every year the TED Fellows program selects a new group of extraordinary, multidisciplinary individuals by open application. We look for innovators on the rise in their respective fields with bold, original work.

The application process

We welcome anyone over the age of 18 to apply. We choose 20 Fellows to attend each TED Conference.

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Application cycle dates

We only accept applications for the TED Fellowship between the opening and closing dates of the application cycle.

TED2020 application cycle
Opening date: June 25, 2019
Closing date: August 27, 2019 11:59pm UTC

Who should apply

We 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 also important traits we look for in TED Fellows. More than anything, this focus on character has defined the success of the TED Fellows program.

The selection process

TED Fellows are selected by the program staff, with extensive reference checking and consultation with experts across all fields. Selections are made by the group as a whole, not by individuals.

There is no algorithm for how we select our TED Fellows. We select Fellows based on their accomplishments in their respective fields, the potential impact of their work and also their character. The ideal applicant is multidisciplinary in their pursuits and is at a moment in their career to maximize the support of the TED community.