TED on Monday began hunting for heroes in hard-pressed lands.
The Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) group famous for attracting outstanding entrepreneurs, scientists, and celebrities is opening its arms to embrace promising visionaries with life-changing dreams but meager budgets.
The door to apply, or nominate people, to be TEDGlobal fellows was opened on Monday and will close on April 3. Those chosen for fellowships will take part in this year's TED conference in Britain at the expense of organizers.
Fellowship application information is available online at ted.com/fellows/apply.
"You can be from a small village in China or two hours outside of Dakar; if you are doing something amazing we want you to apply," TED community director Tom Rielly said while announcing the fellowships in February.
"The alchemy of TED is the inter-connectness of all disciplines. It's that mix of bringing unbelievably cool people, regardless of ability to pay, from different parts of the world that will be remarkably fertile."
The fellowship program is focused especially on attracting "remarkable thinkers and doers" from Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.
TED Fellows attend annual conferences in either California or Britain. Some will go on to senior fellowships that last three years.
TED will also provide 100 one-time fellowship opportunities in India at a conference in November in Bangalore.
(c) 2009 AFP
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