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TED Prize: $1 Million Prize to Spark Global Change

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 15, 2013

The TED Prize is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $1,000,000 and the TED community’s resources and expertise to spark global change.

Prize-photostrip1The Prize begins with a big wish—a wish to inspire thinkers and doers across the globe. From Bono’s the ONE Campaign (’05 recipient) to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (’10 recipient) and JR’s Inside Out Project (’11 recipient), the TED Prize has helped to combat poverty, take on religious intolerance, improve global health, tackle child obesity, advance education, and inspire art around the world.


We award TED Prize winners $1 million to inspire dreamers to think bigger about what’s possible. The award offers support to build a project’s core infrastructure quickly–so that others can add their own collaborative action.


Imagine an inspiring, high impact idea or dream that needs the support of a global community to become real. Our winner will have an ambitious wish — and the vision, pragmatism and leadership to make it a reality.


Nomination happens two ways: Nominate yourself and make your wish. Or nominate someone else, and we’ll ask them for their wish. The TED Prize committee will review all nominations and select the winner.

Imagine an inspiring, high impact project you’ve dreamed about or heard of. Think of an idea that needs the support of a global community to become real. Our TED Prize winner will have an ambitious wish — and the vision, pragmatism and leadership to turn it into reality.


  • A distinguished track record
  • The ability to articulate a world-changing wish that inspires collaborative action
  • The vision and charisma to lead and manage others
  • The ability to budget $1 million initiative and execute a multi-year project
  • The willingness to leverage both the TED and the TEDx community to support the wish

See TED Prize nomination tips »


The TED Prize team will review all nominations from all sources in order to:

  • Narrow applicants down to 100 applications
  • Research and collectively review the final 100 applications
  • Further narrow the list to 30-40 TED Prize finalists

 The TED Prize team then reaches out to each finalist to request the following:

  • Details of their TED Prize wish
  • Details of their execution plan
  • Details of the team involved
  • Details of a one-year deliverable plan

 Finally, the winner is selected by a jury drawn from leading members of the TED community.

Nominations for the 2014 TED Prize open on April 1, 2013.


April 1: TED Prize nominations open

June 1: TED Prize nominations close

June 2 – 30: Review period

June 15 – July 15: Finalists identified and additional data collected

July 15 – 30: Finalist phone interview period

September – December: TED Prize winner determined and wish strategy commences

January – February: TED conference planning and wish strategy continues

February: TED Prize wish announced during TED Conference in Vancouver/Whistler, BC


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