Ongoing Exceptional Leaders TED Fellows Program 2021: Since launching the TED Fellows program, we’ve gotten to know and support some of the brightest, most ambitious thinkers, change-makers and culture-shakers from nearly every discipline and corner of the world.
Amid this global pandemic, the TED Fellows program is more committed than ever to finding and amplifying individuals making a vital impact in their communities and doing the work of future-making. Read on to learn how to apply, and how the TED Fellows program is meeting this moment.
Whether it’s discovering new galaxies, leading social movements or making waves in environmental conservation, with the support of TED, Fellows are dedicated to making the world a better place through their innovative work. And you could be one of them.
Applications are open for the next class of TED Fellows.
Application Deadline: 24th August 2020 at 11:59 pm UTC.
Apply to be a TED Fellow now through August 24, 2020 — that’s coming up soon, so don’t procrastinate!! We do not accept late submissions!
Eligibility For Ongoing Exceptional Leaders TED Fellows Program 2021:
- An idea worth spreading!
- A completed online application consisting of general biographical information, short paragraphs on your work and three references. (It’s fun, and it’ll make you think…)
- You must be at least 18 years old to apply.
- You must be fluent in English.
- You must be excited to participate in a collaborative, interdisciplinary global community.
- You must be available May 29–June 4, 2021.
Eligible Countries: International
To be Taken at (Country): Monterey, California (Tentative)
Number of Awards: Not specified
Value of Award:
- You become part of a diverse, collaborative and global community of more than 500 emergings and established experts.
- You receive professional development through virtual workshops and webinars.
- You gain valuable feedback from TED’s expert coaches on how to hone, express and communicate your work and your ideas.
- You will give a TED Talk (at a virtual or live event, depending on the state of the global pandemic).
- You’ll receive career coaching and mentorship from our team of professional coaches.
- You’ll get public relations guidance and media training.
- You’ll participate in virtual programming for TED Fellows.
- You will have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to a thriving and connected global community.
- You will get a possible invitation to attend the special TEDMonterey conference in Monterey, California. (Note: while we are currently planning on an in-person conference in Monterey [May 29–June 4, 2021], given the global pandemic this conference may be cancelled and the TED Fellowship may become entirely virtual. This will depend on expert advice and local health safety protocols.)
Ongoing Exceptional Leaders TED Fellows Program 2021 Duration of Award: May 29–June 4, 2021.
How to Apply: Apply now
- It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.
Ongoing Exceptional Leaders TED Fellows Program 2021 FAQ
What are you looking for in a TED Fellow?
We are looking for 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. We are looking for individuals from all disciplines, and who have collaborative, kind personalities.
Why should I apply to be a Fellow?
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. You’ll 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.
The TED Fellows program is looking for people who have “demonstrated remarkable accomplishment.” What does that mean?
We’re looking for makers and doers. We want to know about the organizations you’ve started, causes you’ve fought for, the research you’ve done, and art you’ve created. We want you to show us your work.
What does the TED Fellows program entail?
TED Fellows are part of a diverse, collaborative and global community of more than 500 emergings and established experts. If selected, you’ll have the opportunity to give a TED Talk and gain valuable feedback from TED’s expert coaches on how to hone, express and communicate your work and ideas. You’ll receive career coaching and mentorship from our team of professional coaches and get public relations guidance and media training. You’ll participate in virtual programming for TED Fellows and possibly be invited to attend the special TEDMonterey conference in Monterey, California (depending on how the pandemic progresses over the coming months).
How long does the Fellowship last?
While the first year of the Fellowship is active, we like to say “once a Fellow, always a Fellow.” We hope that Fellows stay engaged and thoughtful members of the community for many years.
I’m part of a team. Can I apply to be a Fellow with my colleague(s)?
No. 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, we still encourage you to apply. In the past, collaborative teams have selected one member to apply for the fellowship. In your application, please clearly delineate your specific contribution to the larger organization or project.
Are there any changes to the program because of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Amid this global pandemic, the TED Fellows program is more committed than ever to finding and amplifying individuals making a vital impact in their communities and doing the work of future-making. We are currently planning to invite our next class to an in-person conference in Monterey (May 29- June 4, 2021), given the global pandemic this conference may be cancelled and the TED Fellowship may become entirely virtual, depending on expert advice and local health safety protocols. As always, the process of Fellows preparing their TED Talks with the TED Fellows team will be done virtually through online meetings, as well as additional Fellows programming.
What health and safety protocols are being put in place for the TEDMonterey conference?
While we’re optimistic about our ability to convene a group of people for this event in June of 2021, we’re also working to maximize health and safety. With guidance from experts and following local safety protocols, we’re planning extra protective measures including enhanced hand-washing facilities, frequent disinfecting of highly trafficked areas and easy testing and contact tracing strategy both before and during the conference to ensure the health and safety of all attendees, staff, our vendors and the local Monterey community.
Do applicants need to be a certain age?
All applicants must be 18 years or older by the time they apply.
If selected, what is the required time commitment as a Fellow?
You must be available to speak with the TED Fellows team via videoconference for approximately ten hours to develop your short TED Talk.
You must also be available to participate in and contribute to a thriving and connected global community, both virtually and in-person when possible. We are currently planning to invite our next class to an in-person conference in Monterey (May 29- June 4, 2021), given the global pandemic this conference may be cancelled and the TED Fellowship may become entirely virtual, depending on expert advice and local health safety protocols.
Is English proficiency a requirement?
Yes. The program is conducted in English, English proficiency is a requirement. However, we do not require applicants to be native English speakers. Many do have other native languages.
Do I have to cover any costs if I become a TED Fellow?
No. If invited to a conference, we 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.
Will TED provide Fellows with their visas?
Applicants selected to be TED Fellows are responsible for applying for their visas. However, we do provide a formal letter of invitation that should be sufficient for most countries’ visa processes. While we do our best to help each Fellow, we cannot be responsible if a visa is denied. We do cover visa application fees.
What will TED do if I can’t attend a conference due to local or national travel restrictions?
We are currently planning to invite our next class to an in-person conference in Monterey (May 29- June 4, 2021), given the global pandemic the TED Fellowship may become entirely virtual, depending on expert advice and local health safety protocols. While we will do our best to help each Fellow attend this conference, we cannot be responsible if travel is not possible due to health or travel restrictions. We are committed to supporting the TED Fellows community in every way possible and will work with impacted individuals on a case-by-case basis.
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