Apply to Be a TED Fellow

Deadline: 20 September 2015
Open to: media entrepreneurs, human rights activists and photographers from around the world
Venue:15 – 19 February 2016 in Vancouver, Canada


TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are collectively shaping the world. But a TED conference is broader still, showcasing important ideas from any discipline, and exploring how they all connect. The format is fast-paced: 50+ talks over the course of a week, as well as morning and evening get-togethers. As they take in the program, attendees and speakers from vastly different fields can cross-fertilize and draw inspiration from unlikely places. This is the magic of TED.

Twice a year, a group of interesting and impactful people gathers for the week-long TED experience — which attendees have described as “the ultimate brain spa” and “a journey into the future in the company of those creating it.” It’s a winning formula of brilliant, curious minds and groundbreaking content in an immersive and focused environment.

TEDGlobal, held annually in Europe, is TED’s twin conference, sharing its format and audience – but with a stronger international approach. Of its 700 attendees, it draws a more global audience and speaker line-up (three-quarters from outside of the US).


Media entrepreneurs, human rights activists and photographers can apply for a TED fellowship to attend a conference in Vancouver, Canada. The program targets candidates ages 21 to 40 from the Asia/Pacific region, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East, but anyone over 18 is eligible. Applicants must be proficient in English.


TED covers the costs for round-trip economy airfare, ground transportation to and from the conference location, meals and shared accommodation on site.


To apply, please fill out the online application form. In addition to basic details and contact information, you’ll need to answer essay questions and provide three references.

Before beginning your application, please review the Application tips, Program FAQ and Terms and Conditions.

Deadline for applying is 20 September 2015.

For more information please visit the official website.

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