TED Fellows Applying to be a Fellow » Application Form

Thank you for your interest in applying for a TED Fellowship. Please take the time to answer all the questions below. We review each application form in detail, and look forward to reading yours.

Important Notes:

  • Applications for TED2016 Fellows are due by Sun, September 20 2015 11:59pm UTC.
  • Before you start, it's extremely important to read our tips for applying. They will help you best complete the application below.
  • All questions with a red asterisk (*) require answers.
  • Privacy Notice: We use your responses to consider you for a Fellowship and for communication purposes only; we will never sell your information to a third party.

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Tell us about yourself

We take this portion of the application very seriously. Please take the time to answer the questions thoughtfully and with plenty of detail, to help us understand who you are.

All responses are limited to 1500 characters except where noted.

(Note: Awards are not required to receive a TED Fellowship.)
(Note: Formal education is not required to receive a TED Fellowship. Many Fellows have not been to school or did not finish.)
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List at least one website (more if you like!) that will help us understand you better.
Good examples include: your blog, your company's website, press coverage of your work, your portfolio, research examples, photos, etc. Less helpful are links to your Facebook or LinkedIn, but if you wish to share, make sure the profile is public.


Please provide three references who know you well. Please include their title, organization, email address, phone and how you know them. We may or may not contact your reference(s) throughout the application process – please notify them that we may do so.

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