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Apply Now! The TED2017 Fellowship application is now open -till July 30 2016

Posted June 26, 2016 from Uganda
Expired on July 29, 2016

Apply to be a TED Fellow

Twice a year, the TED Fellows program opens applications to find a new class of extraordinary thinkers and doers. Though we target innovators aged 21 to 40, we encourage anyone over 18 years old to apply.

How to apply: The TED2017 Fellowship application is now open through Saturday, July 30 2016 at11:59pm UTC.

Apply now

Application cycle dates:

Each year we open two application cycles: one for TED and one for TEDGlobal. Each application cycle has an opening and closing date – you may only apply to be a Fellow between the opening and closing dates. We do not accept applications during the dates that fall outside of the application cycle window.

Dates for the TED2017 application cycle is as follows:

TED2017 application cycle Opening date: June 13, 2016 Closing date: July 30, 2016

TEDGlobal 2017 application cycle Opening date: October 3, 2016 Closing date: November 20, 2016

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Who should apply:

We look for different applicants than many other leadership-oriented programs. Instead of business people, professionals, policy wonks and government officials, the TED Fellows program focuses on doers, makers, inventors, advocates, filmmakers and photographers, musicians and artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, NGO heads, and human rights activists.

In addition to impressive accomplishment, fine character and a good heart are two very important traits we look for in a every potential TED Fellow. More than anything, this focus on character has defined the success of the TED Fellows program.

The application process

Candidates may apply to attend either TED or TEDGlobal. We welcome anyone over the age of 18 to apply. We choose 20 Fellows to attend each TED Conference. To be reminded when TED Fellowship applications open, please sign up for updates.

The selection process

TED Fellows are selected by the program staff, with extensive reference checking and consultation with experts across all fields. Selections are made by the group as a whole, not by individuals.

There is no algorithm for how we select our TED Fellows. We select Fellows based on their accomplishments in their respective fields, the potential impact of their work and also, most importantly, their character. The ideal applicant is multidisciplinary in their pursuits, and is at a moment in their career to maximize the support of the TED Community.

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Immaculate Amoit
Jul 06, 2016
Jul 06, 2016

Hi Grace,

Thanks for sharing,

Is there a link one someone can follow

Warm Regards


William Shipilo
Jul 10, 2016
Jul 10, 2016

Thank you for sharing.

Blanche Yamba-Cordero
Jul 19, 2016
Jul 19, 2016

Hi! Thank you very much for sharing this. May I know if this is open for all countries? Thank you

Jul 20, 2016
Jul 20, 2016
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Jul 20, 2016
Jul 20, 2016

This is a global programme , so all countries are legible

Tola Makinde
Jul 21, 2016
Jul 21, 2016

Hi Grace, thanks so much for sharing.