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TED Fellows Program

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International
Individuals to Share Innovative and Unique Ideas

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Deadline Date:

08/24/20 11:59 PM UTC

Description:

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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International individuals to attend a multidisciplinary conference centered around the sharing of innovative ideas. Fellows represent a broad range of fields, and may include, but are not limited to, entrepreneurs, scientists, human rights activists, NGO leaders, artists, inventors, and advocates. Fellows collaborate and share new ideas and research across disciplines to create positive change around the world.

Every year, through a rigorous open application process, TED selects a group of rising stars to be TED Fellows. Fellows are chosen based on their remarkable achievements, their strength of character and their innovative approach to studying and solving the world’s tough problems. Fellows are invited to attend a TED conference, where they meet, exchange ideas, and connect with the larger TED community. They also give their own TED Talk – an unprecedented opportunity to disseminate their unique ideas to the world.

Once selected, Fellows receive transformational support. Fellows participate in professional coaching and mentoring and work with a public relations expert dedicated to sharing their latest projects with the world. TED Fellows participate in an active online network and attend regional meet-ups and retreats for an explosion of conversation and ideas. All TED Fellows also have the opportunity to apply for a Senior Fellowship and grow their leadership in the Fellows community. The TED Fellows program has been designed specifically to help participants advance their research – and to help them connect with and educate the world at large.

TED pays for round-trip economy airfare, ground transportation to and from the conference location and meals and shared accommodation on site. Before the conference starts, Fellows participate in a pre-conference where they meet the other Fellows, participate in skill-building workshops, attend talk rehearsals and more.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173665

Number of Grants:

20 Fellows will be chosen to attend each TED Conference.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Once you are selected as a Fellow, TED will cover the costs of transportation to and from the TED conference, any visa you may need, accommodations and food while at the conference, and conference registration.

Term of Contract:

Once selected as a Fellow, you must be available to speak with the TED Fellows team via videoconference for approximately ten hours (over the course of approximately three months) prior to the TED conference.

The central requirement of the TED Fellowship is that you are available to attend the TED conference in person, for the entire time. In addition to the main five days of the TED conference, all Fellows must participate in a three-day pre­-conference. This means you will be required to block off a total of eight consecutive days in your schedule.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be 18 years or older by the time they apply.

The Fellows program supports individuals leading ground-breaking projects, and you must apply as an individual. If you are working as a part of a group, TED still encourages you to apply. In the past, collaborative teams have selected one member to apply for the fellowship.

TED looks 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 also important traits looked for in TED Fellows. More than anything, this focus on character has defined the success of the TED Fellows program.

Because the TED conference is conducted in English, English proficiency is a requirement. However, TED does not require applicants to be native English speakers.

Pre-Application Information:

TED2021 application cycle
Application open: July 1, 2020
Application deadline: August 24, 2020 at 11:59 PM UTC

You can expect to receive a decision within8months after the application closes. All applicants are notified of whether or not they have been selected to join the TED Fellows program.

If you have applied in the past but didn’t receive a Fellowship, you may apply again.

How to apply: https://www.ted.com/participate/ted-fellows-program/apply-to-be-a-ted-fellow

Program FAQs: https://www.ted.com/participate/ted-fellows-program/apply-to-be-a-ted-fellow/program-faq

Application tips: https://www.ted.com/participate/ted-fellows-program/apply-to-be-a-ted-fellow/application-tips

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: The application cycle for TED2021 will open July 1, 2020. Application not available yet.

For technical help, please email contact@ted.com or support@ted.com.

Contact form: https://support.ted.com/hc/en-us/requests/new
Updates: http://blog.ted.com/apply-to-be-a-ted-fellow/
FAQs: https://www.ted.com/participate/ted-fellows-program/apply-to-be-a-ted-fellow/program-faq
Meet all the TED Fellows: https://www.ted.com/participate/ted-fellows-program/meet-the-ted-fellows

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Israel

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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