TED Fellows Program Accepting Applications for 100 TEDIndia Fellows
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Organizers of the TED Conference today announced they would begin the search
for 100 TEDIndia Fellows to participate in the TEDIndia Conference in
Mysore, India, following upon the successful TED Fellows program launch at
TED2009 this past February in Long Beach, California. The TEDIndia Fellows
program will accept applications for fellowships from April 20, 2009 through
June 15, 2009.
The TEDIndia Fellows program is a part of the larger TED Fellows Program, a
new international fellowship program designed to nurture great ideas and
help them spread around the world. This year, organizers will select 100
promising individuals from around the world to attend the very first
TEDIndia Conference. At the end of the year, organizers will select 20
individuals from a pool of the TED, TEDGlobal, and TEDIndia Fellows to
participate in an extended three-year Senior Fellowship, bringing them to
six consecutive conferences. The principal goal of the program is to empower
the Fellows to effectively communicate their work to the world.
Benefits of the Fellowship include conference admission, round-trip
transportation, housing and all meals. Fellows will also participate in a
two-day pre-conference with the opportunity to present a short talk for
consideration for TED.com, elite skills-building courses taught by world
experts, social opportunities and surprise extras.
The TEDIndia Fellows program will have international representation with a
distinctly South Asian majority, with approximately 75% of the Fellows
representing the South Asian region, and 25% representing other regions of
the world. South Asia is defined as including the countries of India,
Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, Myanmar, the
Maldives, and Sri Lanka. For the global pool, applications will also be
sought from the other five target regions: Africa, Asia/Pacific, the
Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East, with consideration to the
applicants from other countries.
The program seeks remarkable thinkers and doers who have shown unusual
accomplishment, exceptional courage, moral imagination and the potential to
increase positive change in their respective fields. The program focuses on
innovators in technology, entertainment, design, science, film, art, music,
entrepreneurship and the NGO community, among other pursuits. Applicants are
generally between 21-40 years of age, though anyone over 18 and over 40 may
apply. They must also be fluent in English; though moderate fluency will be
accepted on a case-by-case basis.
The program was inspired by the TEDAfrica 2007 conference in Arusha,
Tanzania, in which 100 fellows participated in a first-of-its kind gathering
that featured trailblazing, entrepreneurial individuals vested in creating
change on the continent. The TEDAfrica fellows brought with them new
perspectives, enormous energy, enthusiasm and ovation-generating talks.
Propelled by their energy, TED decided to develop the full-scale TED Fellows
program, which debuted at TED2009 in Long Beach, California.
“TED2009 was a transformative experience for me, and several of my peers,”
said Pragnya Alekal, TED2009 Fellow and now TEDIndia Fellows Coordinator.
“For the first time, we were in a supportive community of enthusiastic
innovators, all working to make the world better. And after only two months,
so many new collaborative ventures and initiatives have come out of it.
“I want to share TED with other people; I want more South Asians to
experience what we Fellows experienced. I would like the world to know about
the genius brewing in this part of the world, and I look forward to them
meeting their counterparts from around the world. I believe this will be an
important launch pad for everything that is good for the future of India,
South Asia, and the world.”
TED is an annual event where some of 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 subject areas that are,
collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still,
showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it
“the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.” The
diverse audience — CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists — is
almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have includedBill Clinton,
Nandan Nilekani, Bill Gates, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Ashraf Ghani, Jane
Goodall, Frank Gehry, Bono, Sir Richard Branson, andStephen Hawking.
TED was first held in Monterey, California, in 1984. In 2001, Chris
Anderson’s Sapling Foundation acquired TED from its founder, Richard Saul
Wurman. In recent years, TED has expanded to include an international
conference, TEDGlobal July 21-24, 2009 in Oxford, UK; media initiatives,
including TED Talks and TED.com; and the TED Prize. TED2010, “What the World
Needs Now,” will be held February 9-13, 2010, inLong Beach, California, with
a simulcast event in Palm Springs, California.
CONTACT: Laura Galloway for TED, +1-213-948-3100 or +1-212-260-3708,