Applications are now open for the TED Fellowship Program 2021.Every year, through a rigorous open application process, TED selects a group of rising stars to participate in one of the most competitive and highly selective fellowship programs in the world. 

The TED Fellows Program convenes young world-changers, academics and trailblazers who have shown unusual accomplishment and exceptional courage in their respective disciplines, selected through an intensive application, interview and research process.The program provides transformational support to a global network of 490+ visionaries – scientists, academic researchers, artists, activists, entrepreneurs, doctors, journalists and inventors – who collaborate and share new ideas and research across disciplines to create positive change around the world


  • The TED Fellowship program has the potential to catapult your career forward.
  • TED’s expert coaches will help you hone, express, and communicate your work and ideas, as well as give you a platform to share them.
  • Meet individuals who can support you professionally.
  • You’ll also join the powerful global network of TED Fellows – innovators who may be future collaborators.
  • Fellows also have access to professional and speaker coaching opportunities, public-relations guidance, and more.


  • All applicants must be 18 years or older by the time they apply.
  • Individuals who have a proven track record of great work in their field and are on the brink of an incredible breakthrough, but need the extra support to get there. 

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Selection timeline

  • We read every application, and therefore the review process takes time. You can expect to hear back from us within 8 months after the application closes. All applicants are notified of whether or not they have been selected to join the TED Fellows program
  • The deadline is August 24 at 11:59pm UTC.

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