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The TED Fellows program is designed to bring together young world-changers and trailblazers who have shown unusual accomplishment and exceptional courage. The program targets individuals from the Asia/Pacific region, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East, though anyone from anywhere in the world, age 18 and over, is welcome to apply. Next: Get the story behind the program »


Forty Fellows will be recruited each year. Of those Fellows, roughly 10 will be selected for the extended, two-year Senior Fellows program. Read more about how it works »


Benefits to Fellows

  • Attendance to one TED or TEDGlobal Conference with all expenses paid (conference, travel, room and board)
  • Participation in Fellows pre-conference activities
  • Private social networking on TED.com
  • Potential to speak on the TED Fellows or TED University stage
  • Potential to have that talk posted on TED.com
  • Participation in the SupporTED coaching program

Responsibilities of Fellows

  • Full attendance and participation at the Conference
  • Submission of a post-conference report
  • Regular participation in the TED Fellows community

Additional benefits to Senior Fellows

  • Attendance to four additional TED and TEDGlobal Conferences with all expenses paid (travel, room and board)
  • Participation in four additional Senior Fellows-centered pre-conference activities
  • Potential to deliver a full-length talk on the main stage
  • Potential to have that TEDTalk posted online

Additional responsibilities of Senior Fellows

  • Full attendance and participation at four additional TED or TEDGlobal Conferences over two years
  • Submission of a post-conference report after each conference
  • Regular posting on the TED Fellows Blog
  • Hosting a TEDx event for 50+ people
  • Giving a talk on the TED Fellows, TED University or main TED stage