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Apply to be a TED Fellow | TED Fellows Program 2021

Every year the TED Fellows program selects a new group of extraordinary, multidisciplinary individuals by open application. They look for innovators on the rise in their respective fields who are doing bold, original work. The TED Fellows Program recognizes the folks working on the ground on world-changing ideas — the doers, makers, inventors, advocates, filmmakers and photographers, musicians and artists, educators, scientists, entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, and human rights activists. If you’re at work on a future-shaping idea, you should apply.

The selection process

  • TED Fellows are selected by the program staff, with extensive reference checking, fact-checking and consultation with experts across all fields.

  • Your written application is central to their selection process. They read every application and encourage you to read tips for applying before submitting your application. These tips are a guide to what they are looking for when they review your application.

  • Applicants may receive requests for additional information from the team. But unless they reach out to you, they require no further information from you.

  • Ultimately, there is no algorithm for how they select their TED Fellows. They select Fellows based on their accomplishments in their respective fields, the potential impact of their work and also their character. The ideal applicant is collaborative in their pursuits and in their nature and is at a moment in their career to maximize the support of the TED community.


  • TED will cover the costs of transportation to and from the TED conference.

  • Ted will also cover any visa you may need, accommodations and food while at the conference and conference registration.

  • The program offers Fellows TED’s power to help articulate and amplify their vision.

  • The program also supports TED Fellows’ with the individual capacity-building required to take the global stage.

  • TED equip Fellows with public speaking and media training, professional coaching, educational programming and connect them to a global network of peers and industry leaders.


  • All applicants must be 18 years or older by the time they apply.

  • The program is conducted in English, English proficiency is a requirement.

  • You must be available to speak with the TED Fellows team via video conference for approximately ten hours to develop your short TED Talk.

  • You must also be available to participate in and contribute to a thriving and connected global community, both virtually and in-person when possible.

  • The TED Fellows program is not an academic fellowship and non-traditional educations are welcome.

  • In addition to impressive accomplishment, fine character and a good heart are also important traits they look for in TED Fellows.

Eligible Regions: Open for All.


  • There is no way to save an in-progress application, so they recommend you compose your answers offline. They cannot be responsible for text that gets lost in the application process.

  • You’ll submit an application online during their open application cycle.

  • You have to provide your contact information.

  • Please provide three (3) references who know you well. They may contact your reference(s) throughout the application process.

  • List at least one website (more if you like) that will help them understand you better.

  • Please be sure you are following the character limit guidelines.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2021 (25 Days Remaining)

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