Apply to be a TED Fellow
Twice a year, the TED Fellows program opens applications to find a new class of extraordinary thinkers and doers. Though we target innovators aged 21 to 40, we encourage anyone over 18 years old to apply.
How to apply
Once an application cycle is open, you may fill out the online application form. In addition to basic details and contact information, you’ll need to answer essay questions and provide three references. To be reminded when we open applications, email Fellows@ted.com.
Application cycle dates
Each year we open two application cycles: one for TED and one for TEDGlobal. Each application cycle has an opening and closing date – you may only apply to be a Fellow between the opening and closing dates. We do not accept applications during the dates that fall outside of the application cycle window.
Here are the application deadlines for the TED2014 and TEDGlobal 2014 Application cycles:
TED2014 Application Cycle
Opening date: May 28, 2013
Closing date: June 28, 2013
TEDGlobal 2014 Application Cycle
Opening date: March 10, 2014
Closing date: April 18, 2014
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 two very important traits we look for in a every potential TED Fellow. More than anything, this focus on character has defined the success of the TED Fellows program.
The application process
Candidates may apply to attend either TED or TEDGlobal. We welcome anyone over the age of 18 to apply. We choose 20 Fellows to attend each TED Conference. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be reminded when applications open and include your name, title, organization, email address and country.
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, most importantly, 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.