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TEDFellows Retreat 2013. August 17 - 21, 2013, Whistler, BC. Photo: Ryan Lash

Twice a year, we select 20 unconventional change-makers to join the TED Fellows program, a global network of innovators from a wide spectrum of disciplines. Last year’s TED Fellows class included an eye surgeon using low-cost mobile phone technology to make eye care more accessible across Kenya; photojournalists documenting conflicts in Palestine and Bosnia; a biological anthropologist researching cancer in ancient skeletal remains; a biomechatronics engineer making prosthetics more comfortable; a journalist investigating fragile post-9/11 civil liberties; an astrophysicist investigating the origins of our universe — and many more.

Are you thinking about applying to be a TEDGlobal 2014 Fellow? You’ve got an extra week to get your application in — the deadline is extended through Friday, April 25. In this final stretch, we asked program director Tom Rielly: “What do you look for in a TED Fellow?” Here, he lists the qualities that make TED Fellows stand out, his evolving vision for the Fellowship program, and why…

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