We are looking for the next generation of innovators who have demonstrated remarkable accomplishment and outstanding potential to positively affect the world.
Who should apply
We are looking for an eclectic, heterogeneous group of young thinkers and doers from the fields of technology, entertainment, design,the sciences, engineering, humanities, the arts, economics, business, journalism, entrepreneurship and NGOs.
At TED, we can take risks on unconventional innovators. We value achievement over credentials -- making and doing over merely talking.
We are targeting applicants of ages 21-40 from five target regions: Africa, Asia/Pacific, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East. However, anyone over the age 18 from around the world is welcome to apply.
How to apply
To apply to become a TED Fellow, please complete the application form in its entirety. (Before beginning the application, please review our applications tips
and our terms and conditions.)
In addition to basic details and contact information, the application asks applicants to answer essay questions and provide three references. Applications must be received complete and on time to be considered.
Application cycles for TED and TEDGlobal are different. Applicants apply to once conference.
The selection process
TED Fellows are selected by the program staff.
Once a year, an international selection committee meets to select the TED Senior Fellows for the following year.
The selection committee is comprised of people who represent the breadth of interest and achievement that makes up the TED community.
Committee members bring experiences from various fields and come from countries representing our target regions. Selections are made by the group as a whole, not by individuals.
There are two admission cycles per year: one for TED in Long Beach and one for TEDGlobal in Oxford (with the exception of an additional cycle in 2009 with TEDIndia). We will accept 25 Fellows to each conference.
TED2011 Conference timeline:
June 21, 2010 - TED2011 Fellows applications OPEN
August 20, 2010 - TED2011 Fellows applications CLOSE
TED in Oxford
2011 TEDGlobal Conference timeline:
January 17, 2011 - TEDGlobal 2011 applications OPEN
March 11, 2011 - TEDGlobal 2011 applications CLOSE
Q. Do applicants need to be a certain age?
A. We are targeting applicants of ages 21-40. However, anyone over age 18 is welcome to apply. While a majority of the Fellows will
fall within this range, we will not discriminate based on age.
Q. Do applicants have to originate in the "developing world"?
A. While we are focusing on those who originate within our five target regions -- Africa, the Asia/Pacific region, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East -- we encourage individuals from all around the world to apply. We will not discriminate based on country of origin.
Q. Is English proficiency a requirement?
A. Because the TED Conferences are conducted in English, English proficiency is a requirement. We would like to ensure that Fellows get the most out of their experience. However, we do not require applicants to be native English speakers. Many will, in fact, have other native languages.