TED Residency

The TED Residency program is an incubator for breakthrough ideas. It is free and open to all via a semiannual competitive application. Those chosen as TED Residents will spend fourteen weeks at TED headquarters in New York City, working on their ideas. Although some may produce an artwork, a manuscript, or an amazing theorem, each Resident will also develop a TED talk and deliver it on a TED stage.

About TED Residency

Located in NYC’s lively West Soho neighborhood, TED provides you with a beautiful Gensler-designed workspace, including a Steelcase desk, ergonomic task chair, high-speed Internet access, and inspiring skyline views. Residents will be included in the vibrant office and community culture of TED and will benefit from coaching and rehearsals in the in-house TED Theater. Talks will be considered for use on TED.com and featured on the TED Residency YouTube channel. Residents may also have the opportunity to attend TED events. TED does not cover travel or living expenses.

The application for the TED Residency is closed.

Who should apply?

Anyone 18 or older qualifies. We don’t care where you went to school. We are looking for passion and expertise. TED generally spotlights thinkers, makers, inventors, advocates, filmmakers, photographers, musicians, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, NGO heads, and social activists. But we love to be surprised. You will need to play nicely with others, and you must be willing to work onsite at least four days a week to make the experience optimal for all. Members of TED’s extended family—conference attendees, past speakers, TED Fellows, TEDx organizers, translators, TED Prize winners, TED-Ed participants—are most definitely eligible, and encouraged to apply.

Who should not apply?

If you’re looking for lab space or you need a big art studio (or if your project is otherwise noisy, dangerous, or emits fumes), the TED Residency is not an option for you. Those who are not prepared to participate fully in the office experience should also skip this.

The selection process

We choose TED Residents based on the strength of their idea, their character, and their ability to bring a fresh perspective and positive contribution to the diverse TED community. No algorithm is used. After references are checked, program staff will make the final selections.

Want to apply?

If you'd like to apply to become a part of the TED Residency program, you will need to complete an application form. In addition to basic details, you’ll need to answer short essay questions, provide references, and upload a short video of yourself.

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Have questions or comments? Contact us: residency@ted.com.