The Junior Templeton Fellow Network, growing after the program’s closing, is a supportive and creative community that was formed to support the 314 Junior Templeton Fellows, the core of the community, with its network, experiences and knowledge. Its membership includes our supporters, the Templeton mentors: prominent contemporary Hungarian thinkers, members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, researchers, scientists, university professors, distinguished members of the business community, the International Advisory Board, our advisory partners, our sponsors, our group facilitators, parents and our colleagues. After the end of the program the co-operations go on in the Templeton Alumni groups and the Templeton Parents’ Group.
Outstanding pilot program identifying and nurturing exceptional cognitive talents 2015-2017.
The mission of the program was to support exceptional cognitive talents whose work can bring benefits to human civilization.
Hungarian Templeton Program, this outstanding pilot talent program lasting from March, 2015 until February, 2017, was looking for the Hungarian exceptional cognitive talents in the age group of 10 to 29 all around Hungary and abroad with the help of the Hungarian talent network and voluntary applications. As a result of the complex identification process, consisting of three rounds of online tests and personal interviews, from close to 20,000 applicants 314 young Hungarian talents were given the Junior Templeton Fellow title at the inauguration ceremony held at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on 12 March, 2016.
Exceptional cognitive talents, the Junior Templeton Fellows were given a one-year long personal support in order to nurture their talents in their individual fields of interest. They were co-operating in groups of ten Fellows with the help of Group Facilitators and could choose from approx. 500 different individual and group programs. Among the opportunities there were mentoring, coaching, personal development, building talents’ community, soft-skill courses like networking, communications, language and computer courses, research, innovation, financial, entrepreneurial abilities developing courses, career orientation and social responsibility programs completed with various media reporting options.
Beside providing significant experiences for the talents, the creative community, the strong network of the Junior Templeton Fellows may also help the Fellows become the scientists, researchers and decision makers of the next 10-20-30 years. According to the motto (’Free talent’) Fellows were given a strong identity and they learnt how to benefit responsibly from the various opportunities, while they were also prepared to be able to represent themselves and their topics effectively, and beyond reaching personal success, how to use their abilities and knowledge for the benefit of the humanity. The Fellows formed Templeton Alumni groups to continue co-operations after the end of the Hungarian Templeton Program.
2 years in numbers
- 16 Excellences
- 200 Mentors
- 31 Group Facilitators
- 15 experts
- 29 colleagues
- 1,400 Talent Points
- 3 members’ International Advisory Board
- 13 Advisory Partners
- 15 sponsoring companies and media
- 20,000 applicants
- 6 online tests and 1 tender
- 314 Junior Templeton Fellows
- 217 10 to 19 years old talents
- 97 20 to 29 years old talents
- 14 countries
- 144 fields of interest
- 1 creative community: Junior Templeton Fellow Network
- 12 months
- 500 programs
- 2,000 hours spent together
- 187 Mentor-Fellow co-operations
- 33 „Personal consultation with an Excellence”
- 69 Junior Mentor-Fellow co-operations
- 15 job shadowing programs
- 142 individual scholarship supports
- 3 summer camps with 150 programs
- 20 international trips
- 20 charity programs
- 3 Templeton Talks and Networking Days
- 20 Talks lectures with 500 participants
- 1 Templeton Alumni starting 13 projects
- 108,000 website users
- 2,800 Facebook followers
- 25 international and 3 Hungarian conferences
- 75 video films
- 1 outstanding talent program
The complete brochure can be downloaded here.
The main funder of the Hungarian Templeton Program was the Templeton World Charity Foundation. This organization was founded by outstanding thinker and businessman Sir John Templeton (1912-2008) with the purpose of supporting programs worldwide that seek answers to fundamental questions about life and the universe, and to support people with exceptional cognitive talents who are working to improve the lot of humanity. To read more about the Foundation, click here.
The program was co-funded by the European Social Fund and the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources (under the direction of Zoltán Balog). The program was implemented by MATEHETSZ (Association of Hungarian Talent Support Organizations, under the direction of Chairman László Balogh and Managing Director Péter Bajor).
Our Advisory Partners:
- The Hungarian Academy of Sciences and its network of research institutes (the Institute of Experimental Medicine, the Wigner Research Centre for Physics, etc.)
- Ashoka Hungary
- BioTalentum Ltd.
- Budapest University of Technology and Economics
- Debreceni Egyetem
- Demola Budapest
- Eötvös Loránd University
- Eszterházy Károly University of Applied Sciences
- The Heroes' Square Initiative
- Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary
- MATEHETSZ (Association of Hungarian Talent Support Organisations)
- Mensa HungarIQa
- Milestone Institute
- Semmelweis University
- University of Szeged
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