TED Fellows Program

Key Information

Conducted By TED
Eligibility Candidates aged 18 years and above
Region All Nations
Rewards TED Talk opportunity, mentorship, food and accommodations etc.
Last Date of Application June 4, 2021

TED Fellows Program applications are open for the TED 2020-21 conference in Vancouver, BC for extraordinary multidisciplinary individuals from all disciplines who have a demonstrated track record of excellent work in their field.

Applicants of 18 years old and above from all nations are encouraged to apply for that 20 selected Fellows for each TED Conference will get the TED Talk opportunity, mentorship, coaching, and other benefits and services.

Each year the TED Conference program invites applications preferably from scientists, entrepreneurs, NGO heads, human rights activists, advocates, filmmakers, photographers, musicians and artists who are makers, doers, and inventors in their own area of profession.

Individuals with appropriate skills and excellence of all nations can apply for the Fellow program through the ‘Apply to be a TED Fellow’ portal before the application deadline of 24 August 2020.  

Fellowship Quick Links:

The quick links for ease of access are given below:

Eligibility Criteria for the TED Fellows Program:

Every year TED Conference program select individuals for the TED Talk from various disciplines who are doing original and bold work in their respective fields:

  • Multidisciplinary individuals with fluency in the English language are always encouraged to apply for the Fellow program.
  1. Since the TED Conference is conducted in English, proficiency in the same language is a requirement but it is not mandatory to be a native English speaker.
  • An applicant must be at least 18 year old to apply for the TED Program.
  • An individual should possess an idea that is worth spreading. 
  • Fellows should be physically available in Monterey, California from May 29–June 4, 2021.

Benefits and Values of TED Fellows Program:

Selected Fellows will be granted with various benefits and services as follows:

  1. TED Talk opportunity on the TED mainstage.
  2. Fellows will get speaker training and career coaching.
  3. Selected individuals will be provided with public relations guidance, mentorship, and professional development.
  4. Opportunity to participate in the global TED2020-21 Conference in Vancouver.
  5. The TED Fellow program is a platform for individuals to be a part of a collaborative and diverse community with more than 450 outstanding thought leaders.
  6. TED will sponsor the round-trip economy fair to all Fellows.
  7. Letter of invitation for the visa purpose and visa application fee.
  8. TED participants will be granted with ground transportation fares to and from the TED Conference.
  9. Fellows can benefit meals and shared accommodation on site.

Note: TED Fellow program aids skill-building workshops, talk rehearsals, and other services.

Application Process and Requirements for TED Fellows Program 2020-21:

The general requirements and process of application are as follows:

  • Eligible individuals can apply for the Fellow program on the ‘Apply to be a TED Fellow’ portal between the applications opening and closing dates of each year.  
  • A completed online application consists of things such as.
  1. General biographical information about the applicant.
  2. An idea that is worthy enough to spread. 
  3. A short essay about the individual’s work on the respective discipline.
  4. Provide three references with valid contact information.
  5. For references choose people who know the applicant very well but it should not be partners or family members unless both work together professionally.

Note: Provide valid information about references. The TED Fellow Trust may contact them any time during the application process and their failure in response may weaken the application.

TED Fellows Program 2020-21 Selection Process:

As the trust scrutinize each application in detail, it will take six to seven months for TED feedback from the date of application submission:

  1. There is no general protocol or criteria for the selection of TED Fellows.
  2.  Fellows have been selected based on their accomplishments in respective fields, the impact of work and also the character as an individual.
  3. The program staff is responsible for the selection of TED Fellows. Extensive reference, consultation with experts are the tools used in the selection process.
  4. Shortlisting is made by groups as a whole, not by individuals.
  5. From each applicant pool, 20 Fellows shall be selected to attend the conference.

Note: All applicants shall be notified whether he or she is selected to join the TED program or not. 

TED Fellows Program 2020-21 Application Cycle:

  • Application opening date: 25 June, 2020.
  • Last date of application: 27 August, 2020.
  • Date to be available in Monterey, California: May 29–June 4, 2021.

Note: Applicants are requested to note that the application deadline is at 11.59 pm UTC (Coordinated Universal Time).

General Terms and Conditions of TED Fellows Program:

The terms and conditions to be followed to be shortlisted:

  1. Once a Fellow is selected he or she can engage with the TED Fellows community as long as they want.
  2. Only individuals are encouraged to apply for the TED Fellows program no application of a group allowed.
  3. No changes can be made once the application is submitted.
  4. TED program cannot be responsible if a candidate’s visa is denied. 
  5. Previous applicants who didn’t receive a Fellowship can apply for the current program.
  6. The non-discrimination policy of TED believes in providing equal opportunity to individuals irrespective race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, veteran, refugee status, ancestry, national or ethnic origin.

Contact Details:

Email ID - [email protected]

TED Fellows Program FAQs

An applicant must be at least 18 year old to apply for the TED Program.
An individual should possess an idea that is worth spreading.
Fellows should be physically available in Vancouver, BC from 17 to 25 April 2020.

TED Talk opportunity on the TED mainstage.
Fellows will get speaker training and career coaching.
Selected individuals will be provided with public relations guidance, mentorship, and professional development.
Opportunity to participate in the global TED2020 Conference in Vancouver.
The TED Fellow program is a platform for individuals to be a part of a collaborative and diverse community with more than 450 outstanding thought leaders.
TED will sponsor the round-trip economy fair to all Fellows.
Letter of invitation for the visa purpose and visa application fee.
TED participants will be granted with ground transportation fares to and from the TED Conference.
Fellows can benefit meals and shared accommodation on site.

There is no general protocol or criteria for the selection of TED Fellows.
Fellows have been selected based on their accomplishments in respective fields, the impact of work and also the character as an individual.
The program staff is responsible for the selection of TED Fellows. Extensive reference, consultation with experts are the tools used in the selection process.
Shortlisting is made by groups as a whole, not by individuals.
From each applicant pool, 20 Fellows shall be selected to attend the conference.

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