Application tips

Before filling out your TED Fellowship application, please review these tips. They're designed to help you submit your best application possible.

Be concise

Quality trumps quantity. We're looking for as much information about you as possible, but we purposely don't give you a lot of space. That’s because we're more interested in what you have to say than how you say it. Please also be mindful of our character limits, which include spaces.

Non-traditional education welcome

The TED Fellowship is not an academic fellowship. Your class rank or your GPA holds little weight. We want to see you in full-force action -- what you've done, what you're currently working on and what you want to achieve or create in the future. A formal education is not necessary if you have done something remarkable.

Don't be afraid to brag!

Tell us about your accomplishments and what makes you exceptional. We’re choosing from a very talented pool of applicants so we encourage you to be brave and stand out from the crowd. Share all of your most impressive projects -- from new inventions and innovations, to ground-shaking research or activism.

Apply early

Applications are open for over a month, but don't wait until the last day to submit your application.

Websites, photos, articles, etc.

Links to what you’ve created and built, and of your accomplishments, help us get to know you better. That’s why, in the review process, we make sure to look at each one. Don’t forget to double-check that your links are all working.

Save an offline copy

We recommend you look at the application form first, then spend time offline composing your answers in Google Docs, Microsoft Word or a similar word-processing program. Please remember to keep an offline copy. We cannot be responsible for text that gets lost.

Before you apply, please read our TED Fellows terms and conditions and the Fellows Program FAQ to answer any questions you may have.

Lastly, if you have any questions or technical trouble, please contact the TED Fellows team immediately by emailing