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Deadline: August 24, 2020 00:00 (CEST)| Apply here
Eligibility: You must be at least 18 years old to apply

TED Fellows Program 2020

Every year the TED Fellows program selects a new group of extraordinary, multidisciplinary individuals by open application.

Innovators on the rise in their respective fields who are doing bold, original work are encouraged to apply.

In the midst of this global pandemic, the TED Fellows program is more committed than ever to finding and amplifying individuals making a vital impact in their communities and doing the work of future-making.

Why apply?

Since launching the TED Fellows program, some of the brightest, most ambitious thinkers, change-makers and culture-shakers from nearly every discipline and corner of the world were supported.

Whether it’s discovering new galaxies, leading social movements or making waves in environmental conservation, with the support of TED, Fellows are dedicated to making the world a better place through their innovative work. And you could be one of them.

What happens when I’m chosen as a TED Fellow?

  • You become part of a diverse, collaborative and global community of more than 500 emerging and established experts
  • You receive professional development through virtual workshops and webinars
  • You gain valuable feedback from TED’s expert coaches on how to hone, express and communicate your work and your ideas
  • You will give a TED Talk (at a virtual or live event, depending on the state of the global pandemic)
  • You’ll receive career coaching and mentorship from our team of professional coaches
  • You’ll get public relations guidance and media training.
  • You’ll participate in virtual programming for TED Fellows.
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to a thriving and connected global community
  • You will get a possible invitation to attend the special TEDMonterey conference in Monterey, California

What are the requirements?

  • An idea worth spreading!
  • A completed online application consisting of general biographical information, short paragraphs on your work and three references. (It’s fun, and it’ll make you think…)
  • You must be at least 18 years old to apply.
  • You must be fluent in English
  • You must be excited to participate in a collaborative, interdisciplinary global community
  • You must be available May 29–June 4, 2021

Interested in applying for the TED Fellows Program 2020? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.


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