Each year, we award the TED Prize to a leader with a bold, innovative vision for sparking global change. The TED Prize winner receives $1,000,000 — and support from the TED community’s wide range of resources and expertise — to make their dream become a reality.

Applications for the 2015 TED Prize are now closed.

If you have submitted an application, please be advised that we are currently reviewing all nominations and will be in touch in due course. Our TED Prize timeline below offers more detail on the review and selection process.

TED Prize timeline

TED Prize Timeline
The TED Prize application, review and selection timeline for 2014-2015.

Key dates

January 1: TED Prize nominations open
March 31: TED Prize nominations close
April 2 – June 11: Review period
June 12 – July 20: Finalists identified and additional data collected
July 21 – August 1: Finalist phone interview period
August 2 – October 31: Review period (cont'd)
November - December: Winner determined and wish strategy commences
March 2015: TED Prize wish announced during TED Conference

Nomination review process

The TED Prize team will review all nominations from all sources in order to:

  • Narrow applicants down to 100 applications
  • Research and collectively review the final 100 applications
  • Further narrow the list to 30-40 TED Prize finalists

We will reach out to nominees directly if their applications progress to the finalist stage, to request the following:

  • Details of their TED Prize wish
  • Details of their execution plan
  • Details of the team involved
  • Details of a one-year deliverable plan

Finally, the winner is selected by a jury drawn from leading members of the TED community.

The winner of the 2015 TED Prize will be revealed when they announce their wish from the TED2015 stage in Vancouver, BC.

Nomination info

Questions? Contact the TED Prize Team at for assistance.