Apply to be a TED Fellow. The TED Fellows program is currently accepting applications for the TED2023 Fellowship.
Every year the TED Fellows program selects a new group of extraordinary, multidisciplinary individuals by open application. They look for innovators on the rise in their respective fields who are doing bold, original work.
TED Fellows are selected by the program staff, with extensive reference checking, fact-checking and consultation with experts across all fields.
Your written application is central to their selection process. They read every application and encourage you to read their tips for applying before submitting your application. These tips are a guide to what they’re looking for when they review your application.
Applicants may receive requests for additional information from their team. But unless they reach out to you, they require no further information from you.
Ultimately, there is no algorithm for how they select their TED Fellows. They select Fellows based on their accomplishments in their respective fields, the potential impact of their work and also their character. The ideal applicant is collaborative in their pursuits and in their nature and is at a moment in their career to maximize the support of the TED community.
Before filling out your TED Fellowship application, please review these tips. They’re designed to help you submit your best application possible.
- Apply early.
Applications are open for a month, but please don’t wait until the last day to submit. The deadline is at 11:59 pm UTC on the day applications are due. They cannot accept late applications.
- Be concise.
Quality over quantity. They are looking for as much information about you as possible, but they intentionally give you limited space. This is because they want you to zero in on what makes your work and background truly remarkable. Please use clear, concise language and be specific in describing your work and achievements. Also be mindful of our character limits, which include spaces.
- Non-traditional educations are welcome.
The TED Fellows program is not an academic fellowship. Your class rank and GPA hold little weight. They want to see you in your many dimensions — what you’ve achieved, what you’re currently working on and what you want to build in the future. Formal or traditional education is not necessary if you have done something remarkable.
- Tell them what makes you exceptional.
They’re choosing from a very talented pool of applicants, so they encourage you to clearly articulate your achievements. Share all of your most impressive projects — from new inventions and innovations to groundbreaking research or advancements in human rights. If you are working as part of a group, it is important that you delineate your specific contributions to the larger project.
- Link wisely.
Links to your website, portfolio or best press help them get to know you better. Even consider creating a website or updating an existing one with your most high-impact projects so that we can get a full understanding of your work. Please make sure your links are all active.
- Save an offline copy.
There is no way to save an in-progress application, so they recommend you compose your answers offline. They cannot be responsible for text that gets lost in the application process.
- The TED Fellowship program has the potential to catapult your career forward.
- The program offers TED’s power to articulate and amplify the vision of TED Fellow.
- They support the individual capacity-building required to take the global stage.
- They equip TED Fellows with public speaking and media training, professional coaching, educational programming and peer support.
- They connect TED Fellows to a global network of peers and industry leaders because the only way to succeed is together.
- 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.
- The TED Fellows Program recognizes the folks working on the ground on world-changing ideas — the doers, makers, inventors, advocates, filmmakers and photographers, musicians and artists, educators, scientists, entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, and human rights activists. If you’re at work on a future-shaping idea and over the age of 18, you should apply.
- The TED Fellows program is not an academic fellowship and non-traditional education is welcome.
- In addition to impressive accomplishment, fine character and a good heart are also important traits we look for in TED Fellows.
- To apply, you’ll submit an application online during their open application cycle.
- Your written application is the primary means for showcasing your work — tell them what makes your work unique and impactful.
- Please write clearly for a general audience and assume they know nothing about your field.
- They only accept applications written in English.
- They do not accept late submissions.
- Once they have received your application, they start reading. They read every application, and therefore the selection process takes time.
- You can expect to hear back from them 8 months after the application closes.
- All applicants are notified whether or not they have been selected to join the TED Fellows program.
Application Deadline: June 30, 2022Application ClosedOfficial link