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Ted Fellowship 2017

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open30-Jul-2016
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AwardStipend, travel (to and from), visa, room, board, food, conference pass.
EligibilityAbove 18 years of age
Scholarship provider contact details

TED Conferences LLC
330 Hudson St.
12th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Tel: 212.346.9333
Fax: 718.744.2142
Conference registration inquiries:

What is Ted Fellowship 2017?

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. They believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On, they are building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

Anyone between the age group of 18 to 40 years are eligible to apply.

How can you apply ?

Application can be done online only.


About the program

Why should I apply to be a Fellow and what are the program benefits?
The TED Fellowship program has the ability to slingshot your career forward. As a Fellow, you will be introduced to a powerful network of innovators that can be future collaborators. By attending and speaking at the TED Conference, you not only have the ability to spread your message far and wide, but you will also meet people who may be able to help your career. Aside from the conference, Fellows have access to personal mentorship opportunities and speaker coaching following conference participation.

The TED Fellows program is looking for people who have 'demonstrated remarkable accomplishment'. What do you mean?
We're looking for makers and doers, not talkers. Wow us with the organizations you’ve started, causes you’ve fought for, research you’ve done, art you’ve created. Actions speak louder than words.

How long does the Fellowship last?
Technically, the Fellowship is a one-year commitment that is centered around a TED Conference. However, we like to say “once a Fellow, always a Fellow” so as long as you are willing to be a part of our community you can be!

What is the Senior Fellows program? How do I become a Senior Fellow?
The word "senior" has nothing to do with age. The Senior Fellows program is an extended two-year Fellowship program. Fellows who have completed the terms of their fellowship may apply to be a TED Senior Fellow. Every year, all the TED Fellows from all the previous years who have applied for the Senior Fellows program will be pooled; 10 from among all of these will be selected to be Senior Fellows. Benefits include: participation in four additional Senior Fellows-focused pre-conferences, attendance to four additional TED events, and potentially the opportunity to deliver a TED Talk on the Fellows stage, TED University or main TED stage.

What do Fellows actually do once they get to the TED Conference?
Fellows will have worked with the team in the months leading up to the conference on a four-minute talk. Once they arrive at the pre­conference, they will meet the other Fellows, participate in skill-building workshops, and attend talk rehearsals. When the main conference begins, they will deliver their talk on stage and it will be filmed and considered for After the talks, Fellows will participate in the conference as a regular attendee. They can watch all other talk sessions, speak with other TED attendees, and meet new collaborators and friends.

Selection process

What is the selection timeline?
Once you apply to be a Fellow, the team rigorously reviews your application. We read every application and therefore the review process takes time. From each applicant pool, we accept 20 Fellows to attend each conference. Therefore, the wait time between when you submitted your application and when you hear back about the results can be a few months. All applicants are notified whether or not they have been chosen for the TED Fellows program.

Do you offer application deadline extensions?
No, we do not. If we accepted one late application, we would have to accept all of them which means the applications would never stop! We are very firm about this deadline. Please make sure you carefully check the time difference if you are not in the U.T.C time zone.

How do I choose my references?
Choose people who know you well and can speak to your passion, dedication and drive. Big names or famous people will not make your application stronger as our goal is to get to know you and your work better, not to speak to a celebrity. We strongly encourage you to avoid using family members as references, unless you run a business together.

Make sure that you check with your references before listing them on your application, as well as provide us with correct contact information. We reserve the right to contact them at any point during the application process, and their failure to respond may weaken your application.

If I have applied in the past but didn’t receive a Fellowship, can I apply again?
Absolutely! We encourage you to persevere. There are many reasons you may not have been selected in the past but could be a great fit for the next class.

I don’t think I have the slightest chance, should I still apply?
If you are interested in being a TED Fellow – apply! In fact, many of our past Fellows never would have imagined receiving a Fellowship in their wildest dreams. Let us be the judge!

Terms and Conditions

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

During the fellowship

All Fellows must attend all pre-conference and conference events. Late arrival and early departure from the conference are grounds for dismissal. Any behavior that could bring discredit to the TED Fellows program is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program at TED's sole discretion. Conference attendance is non-transferable. If a Fellow or Senior Fellow is unable to attend a conference, no one may attend in the Fellow's place. All pre-conference and conference related events are intended for Fellows and conference attendees only. We cannot accommodate spouses, children or friends.

Upon acceptance into the TED Senior Fellows Program, individuals will be asked to sign a contract outlining the conditions of the Fellowship. Various stipulations of the contract include: intent to fully participate in four pre-conferences and conferences (TED and TEDGlobal) over the subsequent two years. TED must be notified no later than 90 days prior to the conference if a Senior Fellow will be missing. Failure to attend one conference without notice will result in immediate removal from the program. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

TED pays for round-trip economy airfare, ground transportation to and from the conference location, and meals and shared accommodation on site. TED does not cover hotel incidental expenses.

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