TESOL Award for an Outstanding Paper on NNEST Issues 

Who's Eligible?

TESOL members who have had a proposal accepted for presentation (paper or colloquium) on NNEST issues at the annual TESOL convention. Both native and nonnative speakers of English are eligible.


To recognize scholarship on NNEST issues.


One award of US$250, donated by East Carolina University, and a convention registration for the annual TESOL convention.


Eligible proposals are evaluated according to the following criteria:
  • Significance of the topic as it relates to the NNEST research
  • Contribution to the field of TESL/TEFL
  • Originality and creativity in concept
  • Relevance and broad impact
Download the evaluation rubric.

To Apply

Applicants will submit their proposals through the TESOL call for participation. Using the box provided on the proposal form, applicants must indicate their desire to be considered for this award. After receiving official notice that their proposals have been accepted for convention, applicants will be contacted with instructions on how to apply for this award. 

Due Date

Individuals submitting eligible convention proposals must indicate their interest in being considered for this award on the convention proposal submission form by 1 June. Further instructions on how to apply for this award will be sent to those with accepted proposals in September/October. 

Past Award Recipients

View a list of past recipients.


Please contact TESOL Awards.