TESOL Awards for International Participation

Who's Eligible?

TESOL members who are
  • from a country outside the United States or Canada
  • submitting a proposal for the annual TESOL convention
  • presenting for the first time at the annual TESOL convention.
TESOL members currently living in the United States or Canada are not eligible. Preference will be given to applicants from countries underrepresented at the TESOL conventions.


To increase international participation at the annual TESOL convention.


Up to four awards in the amount of $2,500 to cover travel and lodging expenses to attend and present at the TESOL convention. This award is funded by the TOEFL Board of ETS.


Eligible proposals are evaluated according to
  • the significance of the topic as it relates to the field of second language acquisition and ESL/EFL teaching
  • the contribution of the proposal 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 proposals must indicate their interest in being considered for this award on the convention proposal form by 1 June. Further instructions on how to apply for this award will be sent to those with accepted proposals in September/October. 


Please contact TESOL Awards.