TED Fellows

Applications are now open: Apply to be a TED2017 Fellow

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Bora Yoon, multi-instrumentalist and composer (upper left); Camille A. Brown, choreographer and dancer (right); David Sengeh, biomechatronics engineer and National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Photo: Lynn Johnson, National Geographic photography fellow (lower left).

If you could pursue your most extraordinary passions, what would you do? Be an asteroid hunter out to save planet Earth? A theater director who brings indigenous voices to the stage? Or a news publisher who helps young people protect freedom of speech in Kyrgyzstan? Yes, real people get to do this incredible work. In fact, they’re all TED2016 Fellows. Even better: applications are now open for you to join the newest class as a TED2017 Fellow.

Welcoming innovators of all kinds, the TED Fellows program is a 400-person global network of makers and doers, a breeding ground of interdisciplinary collaboration that is making a positive impact on the world. The program is designed to catapult careers through services like coaching, mentorship, PR advice for sharing your latest projects and speaker training from a panel of experts. You’ll be a part of a tight-knit community that’s ripe for new ideas and collaborations. Plus, you’ll go to the 2017 TED Conference for free and even give a TED Talk.

The online application includes answers to general questions, short essays and three references. Only those aged 18 and older should apply. If selected, Fellows must block off April 21-28 on their calendars for the TED2017 Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

20 Fellows will be selected based not only on their accomplishments and the potential impact of their work, but also on their character. An ideal candidate is multidisciplinary-minded and collaborative and is ready to fully utilize the support of the TED community.

Think this is right for you? Apply by July 30.

Interested in learning more about what exactly TED Fellows are doing all over the world? Download the newly-released TED Fellows e-book, Swimming Against the Tide for free. Designed by In-House International, the book featuring stunning photography, personal essays, in-depth interviews, infographics and much more.