TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) is a global set of conferences run by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan “Ideas worth Spreading”. TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event; the annual conference series began in 1990. TED’s early emphasis was technology and design, consistent with its Silicon Valley origins, but it has since broadened its focus to include talks on many scientific, cultural and academic topics. Every year, the TED Fellows program nurtures the vision and passion of 40 thought leaders and trailblazers, giving momentum to their ideas. With a global network of over 300 Fellows strong, the TED Fellows program is a hub for cross-disciplinary collaboration, connection and innovation. Fellowship Description
The TED Fellowship offers access to an exclusive private network of change-makers, unique skills-building workshops and the mentorship of world-renowned experts. TED Fellows also present their very own TED Talks at the conferences – an unprecedented opportunity to spread their great ideas. After the conference, TED Fellows remain connected to the myriad resources of the TED community. Once the TED Fellowship year has passed, 10 Fellows are chosen from the pool of existing Fellows for the two-year TED Senior Fellows program, bringing them to four additional conferences (for a total of 5).
Candidates can be 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 two very important traits that every potential TED Fellow should possess
Candidates should be innovators aged 21 to 40. Candidates over 18 years of age are also encourages applying.
40 Candidates are selected from around the world to be Ted Fellows, based on the strength of their achievements, their potential for impact, and their character.
As a result of the program, TED Fellows have received millions of dollars in funding. Many have been awarded prestigious prizes and have signed with speaking agents and garnered book contracts. TED Fellows experience increased clarity of mission, improved self-esteem and renewed senses of personal sustainability. Most significantly, Fellows have developed major collaborations with each other and remain a part of the close-knit TED Fellows community.