TED Fellows Program Accepting Applications for TEDGlobal 2010 Fellows

Jan 20, 2010, 10:00 ET from TED Conferences

NEW YORK, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- TED Conference organizers Monday began the search for the 20 TED Fellows who will participate in TEDGlobal 2010: "And Now the Good News," to be held July 12 – 16, 2010, in Oxford, England. The TED Fellows program is accepting fellowship applications through February 26, 2010.

Information about the TED Fellows application process is available at http://www.ted.com/fellows/. Candidates may apply at http://www.ted.com/fellows/apply/. To nominate a candidate, email the candidate's full name and his or her contact information to fellows@ted.com.

About the TED Fellows program

Launched one year ago, the TED Fellows program brings world-changing innovators from around the world into the TED community and with its help, amplifies the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Fellows are drawn from many disciplines that reflect the diversity of TED's members: technology, entertainment, design, the sciences, the humanities, the arts, business and more. Each year, TED Fellows program organizers choose 40 individuals who demonstrate world-changing potential to join either the TED or TEDGlobal Conferences, approximately 20 Fellows for each event. At the end of the year, organizers select 15 of these Fellows to participate in an extended two-year Senior Fellowship, bringing them to five consecutive conferences.

TED Fellows receive conference admission, round-trip transportation and room and board at the conference site. Fellows also participate in a two-day pre-conference where they can present a short talk or video which will be considered for TED.com. Other benefits include elite skills-building courses taught by world experts, social opportunities and surprise extras.

The TED Fellows program focuses on attracting applicants living or working in the Asia/Pacific region, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East. Consideration is also given to applicants from other global regions. The target age range is 21-40 years, although anyone, 18 and over, may apply. All applicants must be proficient in English. The program seeks remarkable thinkers and doers who have shown unusual accomplishment, exceptional courage, moral imagination and the potential to affect change in their respective fields.

"We're putting out the call to the four corners of the world, especially to the Southern Hemisphere, to find the most innovative achievers from all disciplines to be part of our fifth amazing group of TED Fellows. This past year, we have witnessed the program transform the lives of both TEDsters and Fellows. Published articles in scientific journals, new albums, school openings, performances and company launches are just the beginning," says Tom Rielly, director of the TED Fellows program.

About TED

TED is a four-day annual event where the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design three broad areas shaping our future. Today TED showcases ideas that matter in any discipline. Past speakers have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Richard Branson, Philippe Starck, Bono, Karen Armstrong and Gordon Brown.

TED was acquired by Chris Anderson's Sapling Foundation in 2001 from its founder, Richard Saul Wurman. The TED Conference takes place each February in Long Beach, California. TEDGlobal, an international conference, is held each July in Oxford, England. TEDx, where x = "independently organized TED event," offers individuals or groups the opportunity to host local, self-organized events, featuring both TEDTalks videos and speakers to spark discussion and build connections among participants.

The TED Prize, designed to utilize the TED community's array of talent and resources, is awarded annually to three exceptional individuals who each receive $100,000 and the granting of "One Wish to Change the World."

TED's media initiatives include TED.com, http://www.ted.com/, hosting 497 (and counting) TED Talks and the Open Translation Project which offers website visitors subtitles and interactive transcripts in 52 languages (to date) as well as the ability for any TED Talk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED2010, "What the World Needs Now," will be held in Long Beach, California February 9 – 13, 2010. TEDGlobal 2010, "And Now the Good News," will be held July 12 – 16, 2010, in Oxford, England.


Laura Galloway for TED, +1-213-948-3100 or +1-212-260-3708, laura@gallowaymediagroup.com

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