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.

2016 TED Prize nominations are now closed.

TED Prize timeline

TED Prize Timeline
The TED Prize application, review and selection timeline for 2015-2016.

Key dates

January: TED Prize nominations open
April 5: TED Prize nominations close
April 1 – June 1: Review period
June 1 – July 19: Finalists identified and additional data collected
July 20 – July 24: Finalist phone interview period
July 25 – September 30: Review period (cont'd)
October - December: Winner determined and wish strategy commences
March 2016: 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

When nominating an individual, the nominator is welcome to approach the nominee about drafting a potential wish. If a nominee is strong, and no wish is included, the TED Prize team will reach out to them directly during the short-listing process.

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 2016 TED Prize will be revealed when they announce their wish from the TED2016 stage in Vancouver, BC.

Nomination info

Questions? Contact the TED Prize Team at for assistance.