TED Fellows Program 2020 – Fully Funded to Canada


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Call for applications for the TED Fellows Program 2020. The TED Fellowship in Canada provides transformational support to a global network of 470+ visionaries – scientists, artists, activists, entrepreneurs, doctors, journalists, and inventors – who collaborate across disciplines to create positive change around the world.


Once selected, Fellows receive transformational support. Fellows participate in professional coaching and mentoring and work with a public relations expert dedicated to sharing their latest projects with the world. TED Fellows participate in an active online network and attend regional meet-ups and retreats for an explosion of conversation and ideas. All TED Fellows also have the opportunity to apply for a Senior Fellowship and grow their leadership in the Fellows community.

Every year, they select a new class of extraordinary thinkers and doers. They look for innovators on the rise in their respective fields with a bold, original approach to their work. The TED Fellowship program has the potential to catapult your career forward. By attending and speaking at the TED conference, you’ll be given a platform to share your work and ideas far and wide, and you’ll meet individuals who can help your career. As a Fellow, you’ll also join the powerful global network of TED Fellows – innovators who may be future collaborators. Fellows also have access to personal mentorship opportunities, public-relations guidance, speaker coaching and more.

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TED Fellows Program 2020 Details:

Host Country:

  • Canada

Program Location:

  • Vancouver

No. of Fellows:

  • 20

Program Benefits:

  • TED covers 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.
  • Fellows get career coaching and speaker training as well as mentorship and public relations guidance. Fellows also give a talk at a TED Conference, a huge opportunity to share their work with a wide, new audience. And perhaps most important, Fellows join the community of 450+ other Fellows who inspire one another and collaborate on new projects.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to doers, makers, inventors, advocates, filmmakers and photographers, musicians and artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, NGO heads, and human rights activists.
  • All applicants must be 18 years or older by the time they apply.
  • In addition to impressive accomplishment, fine character and a good heart are two very important traits we look for in every potential TED Fellow. More than anything, this focus on character has defined the success of the TED Fellows program.
  • Fellows are individuals with original work, a record of achievement in their field and exceptional potential. They are also courageous, collaborative people dedicated to improving life where they work.
  • They are looking for individuals from all disciplines, and who have collaborative, kind personalities.

How to Apply for TED Fellows 2020 in Canada?

Fill the online application form carefully. Fill all the required fields.

Before you get started, it’s important to read our tips for applying and FAQ. This information will help you best complete the application below. All questions with an asterisk (  ) require answers.

Selection Process:

TED Fellows are selected by the program staff, with extensive reference checking and consultation with experts across all fields. Selections are made by the group as a whole, not by individuals.

There is no algorithm for how we select our TED Fellows. We select Fellows based on their accomplishments in their respective fields, the potential impact of their work and also their character. The ideal applicant is multidisciplinary in their pursuits and is at a moment in their career to maximize the support of the TED community.

Application Tips:

Before filling out your TED Fellowship application, please review these tips. They’re designed to help you submit your best application possible.

Apply early.

Applications are open for over a month, but please don’t wait until the last day to submit. The deadline is at 11:59 pm UTC on the day applications are due. We cannot accept late applications.

Be concise.

Quality over quantity. We’re looking for as much information about you as possible, but we intentionally give you limited space. This is because we want you to zero in on what makes your work and background truly remarkable. Please use clear, concise language and be specific in describing your work and achievements. Also be mindful of our character limits, which include spaces.

Non-traditional educations are welcome.

The TED Fellows program is not an academic fellowship. Your class rank and GPA hold little weight. We want to see you in your many dimensions — what you’ve achieved, what you’re currently working on and what you want to build in the future. Formal or traditional education is not necessary if you have done something remarkable.

Tell us what makes you exceptional.

We’re choosing from a very talented pool of applicants, so we encourage you to clearly articulate your achievements. Share all of your most impressive projects — from new inventions and innovations to groundbreaking research or advancements in human rights. If you are working as part of a group, it is important that you delineate your specific contributions to the larger project.

Links to your website, portfolio or best press help us get to know you better. Even consider creating a website or updating an existing one with your most high-impact projects so that we can get a full understanding of your work. Please make sure your links are all active.

Save an offline copy.

There is no way to save an in-progress application, so we recommend you compose your answers offline. We cannot be responsible for text that gets lost in the application process.

Application Deadline:

  • Applications for the TED2020 Fellowship class are due by August 27, 2019, 11:59 pm UTC.


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