The application is now open through December 31st: Apply Here
The Thiel Fellowship Council hopes that you’ll apply to the Thiel Fellowship. We love learning about how people want to change the world and how applicants would take the next two years to pursue their projects and dreams. Though we only have 20 spots per year for fellowships, we’re helping hundreds of applicants to change the world by connecting them to resources like mentoring, internships, and inviting them to participate in our Under 20 Community. We look forward to reading your application and being inspired by your vision for the future.
If you are interested in the Thiel Fellowship and want to start meeting other young visionaries and mentors now, apply to join us at the Under 20 Summit.
- Applicants must be 19 or under by December 31st of the application year.
- Applicants must be able to submit their application in English.
- Applicants must submit their application by midnight on December 31st of this year.
- The application process will encourage you to move forward with your ideas, help you to think deeply about your future, set goals, and pursue your dreams.
- Through applicant events like the Under 20 Summit, and virtual connections on Facebook, we’re building a robust community rallying around young visionaries. Anyone who enters into the second round of application review is invited into this group automatically. If you are interested in the Thiel Fellowship and want to start meeting other young visionaries now, apply to join us at the Under 20 Summit.
- New Offering: We realize that the fellowship is a very small group and that there is a lot of young talent out there. Through the review process fellows and mentors can let us know if they would be interested in having an applicant intern or be hired by their company. As each round progresses you will hear from us if an internship or hiring opportunity arises.
- Applicants who receive a phone interview get one-on-one support from a mentor and can choose to stay in touch with their interviewer for continued guidance and support.
- Finalists are flown out to San Francisco where they meet other young visionaries and develop friendships with likeminded peers. They also meet with the Thiel Fellowship Community of fellows, mentors, and staff. We encourage finalists to connect with as many people as possible so that, even if they are not a fellowship recipient, they can still leverage our community. Some finalists have chosen to stay in touch with the Thiel Foundation as well to get advice and encouragement along the way.
Thiel Fellowship applications take about a month per round to assess. The whole process is about four months. There are four rounds to the Thiel Application:
- General Review - All applications are reviewed for content and completeness. You'll hear back by the first week in February.
- Mentor Review - Applications are reviewed by the Thiel Fellowship Community of fellows, mentors, and staff. You'll hear back by the first week in March.
- Semi-finalist Phone Interview - Applicants are interviewed by phone by a Thiel Fellowship mentor. You'll hear back by the end of March.
- Finalist Weekend - Approximately 40 people are flown to San Francisco to interview with the Foundation and pitch their idea to the Thiel Fellowship Community of fellows, mentors, and staff. The finalist events are April 10 - 13th, 2013 in San Francisco. All applicants will hear back about acceptance into the fellowship by the end of April.
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