The TEDxChange Scholarship

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation partners with TEDx to raise awareness around global health and development through TEDxChange, and to develop programs to help bring new information and ideas to underdeveloped communities. As a part of this partnership, the Foundation also offers scholarships to selected TEDx organizers to experience an official TED Conference.

TEDxChange Scholarships covers the cost of pre-selected TEDx organizers from across the globe to attend official TED Conferences.

Why is the Gates Foundation investing in TEDxChange Scholarships?

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation became a strategic partner of TEDx in 2010, with the mission of launching TEDxChange, and to bring TED programs to communities that might not otherwise have access.

As such, the Gates Foundation decided to launch a scholarship program, where they underwrite the cost of bringing TEDx event organizers to TED Conferences. For this scholarship, The Gates Foundation covers the TEDx organizers' airfare, hotel, transportation to and from the venue, and that TED Conference’s registration fee.

After a conference ends, the TEDxChange Scholarship recipients return home, ready to implement the learnings from the conference locally in an effort to grow their TEDx community. Attending an official TED Conference also gives organizers the privilege of hosting a TEDx event with more than 100 attendees, expanding the reach of TED and TEDx in their communities.

Who are the TEDx Organizers benefiting from this initiative?

The TEDx organizers selected for this opportunity are from the developing world and emerging communities who have put endless hours into organizing TEDx events in their region. They are the individuals most dedicated to building a platform where ideas are accessible to all in their community.

What do these TEDx organizers learn from attending a TED conference?

For these organizers, attending a TED Conference is an opportunity of a lifetime. At the conference, they have the chance to:

  • Network with thought leaders from around the world
  • Network with TED Fellows and TED Prize winners
  • Attend TEDx-specific workshops to learn and brainstorm with TED staff and other TEDx event organizers

The ultimate gain is a renewed energy and dedication towards TEDx, thereby bringing more opportunities for idea-sharing into their local communities.

TEDxChange Scholarships for TEDGlobal 2014

  • Nassim Hadj-Benali TEDxCasbah
  • Yuan Fen TEDxMoonLake
  • Richard Seshie TEDxAbidjan
  • Emmanuel Leslie Addae TEDxLabone
  • Pablo Barrera TEDxGuatemalaCity
  • Prachi Agarwal TEDxIIMShillong
  • Harsh Agarwal TEDxBhilwara
  • Kartika Anindya Putri TEDxJakarta
  • Alisa Amupolo Amupolo TEDxWindhoek
  • Joel Ogunsola TEDxAkure
  • Ji Won Yang TEDxSNU
  • Safra Anver TEDxColombo
  • Esther Patricia Akello TEDxKiraTown
  • Najam Ul Assar TEDxUET
  • Fabián Bermeo TEDxCuenca

TEDxChange Scholarships for TEDActive 2014

  • Jayant Maru, TEDxMakerereHill
  • Ilwad Elman, TEDxMogadishu
  • Donald Okudu, TEDxStadiumRoad
  • Fredrick Odol, TEDxWendani
  • Janine Mehmeti, TEDxPrishtinaWomen
  • Seema Raman, TEDxPESITBSC
  • Deepak Shukla, TEDxUTMShillong
  • Niyati Chitkara, TEDxYouth@ChitkaraSchool
  • Gaurav Gupta, TEDxWalledCity
  • Yashraj Akashi, TEDxGateway

TEDxChange Scholarships for TEDGlobal 2013

  • Prince Boadu, TEDxKNUST
  • Alex Sugunthi, TEDxKangemi
  • Joyce Gacheru, TEDxBrookhouseSchool
  • Emmanuel Iduma, TEDxIfe
  • Bruce Bassett, TEDxAIMS
  • Shashank Khanna, TEDxGolfLinksPark
  • Hanu Kunduru, TEDxIIMRanchi Vinitha George, TEDxMEC
  • Sundaram M Muruganandham, TEDxYouth@Chennai
  • Amr Elsheikh, TEDxTanta, TEDxYouth@Tanta
  • Syed Irteza Ubaid, TEDxNUST
  • Dilumi Dissanayake, TEDxYouth@Colombo
  • Mila Shwaiko, TEDxMakassar
  • Jade Zhao, TEDxSuzhou
  • Maxwell Ye, TEDxKowloon

TEDxChange Scholarships for TEDActive 2013

  • Saze Osayande, TEDxIkoyi
  • Prince Boadu, TEDxKNUST
  • Bruno Ruganzu Tusingwire, TEDxKampala
  • Nimesh Ghimire, TEDxKathmandu
  • Muhammad Al-Razaz, TEDxNajd
  • Mohamed Mehdi Dib, TEDxAnnaba
  • John Toutain, TEDxCasablanca
  • Rebeca Zuñiga, TEDxUFM
  • Felipe Spath, TEDxGuatavita
  • Juan Pablo De Gamboa, TEDxPanamaCity
  • Bruno Cheuiche Vieira da Cunha, TEDxFloripa
  • Herbert Kisara, TEDxKisumu
  • Areej Mehdi, TEDxKinnaird
  • Bahy Aboelezz, TEDxCairo
  • Milad Kawas Cale, TEDxAleppo
  • Yashraj Akashi, TEDxGateway
  • Ajit Sharma, TEDxJaipur
  • Gaurav Gupta, TEDxWalledCity
  • Juhyeon Kim, TEDxBusan
  • Dave Lim, TEDxSingapore

TEDGlobal 2012 TEDx Gates Scholarship Recipients

  • Meghan Lazier, TEDxKabul
  • Amira Boutouchent, TEDxAlger
  • Leonardo Guedes, TEDxPUCGoiás
  • Jose Fornari, TEDxUnicamp
  • Marina Theodotou, TEDxNicosia
  • Martin Noorkõiv, TEDxTartu
  • Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou, TEDxAthens
  • Yashraj Akashi, TEDxGateway
  • Radix Hidayat, TEDxBandung
  • Natalja Gorohova, TEDxRigaChange
  • Daniel Cerventus Lim, TEDxKL
  • Toluwanimi Kolawole, TEDxFUTA & TEDxYouth@Akure
  • Saad Hamid, TEDxMargalla
  • Milad Kawas Cale, TEDxAleppo
  • Ayesha Sayed, TEDxUAEU
  • Bruno Ruganzu Tusingwire, TEDxKampala -Carlos Miguel Miranda Levy, TEDxPortauPrince
  • Suraj Sudhakar, TEDxKibera
  • Kelo Kubu, TEDxSoweto