TED Fellows Program

Deadline: 30 June 2022
Open to: applicants at work on a future-shaping idea and over the age of 18
Benefits: public speaking and media training, professional coaching, educational programming, connection to a global network of peers and industry leaders


The TED Fellows Program recognizes people at work on future-shaping ideas, offering them tools to amplify the power of their vision. Each year, a new group of TED Fellows from around the world, and from every discipline, are welcomed into this international community of remarkable thinkers and doers who have shown unusual accomplishment, exceptional courage, strength of character, and potential to create positive change in their respective fields.

Every year, TED selects a new cohort of TED Fellows to join the program. Applications are accepted during an open application cycle each Summer. Through a rigorous selection process, TED narrows down the thousands of applications to a final cohort. The TED Fellows program is one of the most competitive and highly selective fellowship programs in the world. The TED Fellows are being chosen based on their remarkable achievements, their interest in contributing to a growing community, their kindness and their innovative approach to studying and solving the world’s toughest problems.


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 and over the age of 18, you should apply.

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 we look for in TED Fellows.


Once selected, TED Fellows receive transformational support. The program offers them TED’s power to help articulate and amplify their vision. The program supports TED Fellows’ with the individual capacity-building required to take the global stage. TED Fellows are being equipped with public speaking and media training, professional coaching, educational programming and connect them to a global network of peers and industry leaders.

After joining the network, TED Fellows report increased clarity of mission, improved self-confidence and increased recognition of their ideas and research. Access to the TED community enables TED Fellows to connect with global leaders who become business partners, collaborators, funders and mentors. With the program’s support, TED Fellows, been awarded prestigious prizes and grants, become more established as leaders in their fields, have received millions of dollars in funding for their research and have been published widely. Within the community, new TED Fellows join the already vibrant TED Fellows community, sparking cross-disciplinary collaborations and ventures. Most significantly, the program has helped TED Fellows to expand and intensify the impact of their ideas and research projects, leading to real outcomes like preserving some of the most important ecological places on the planet, changing entrenched cultural norms, and enhancing living conditions for people around the world.


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