The Albert H. Marckwardt Travel Grants

Who's Eligible

TESOL members who are graduate students in TESL/TEFL programs worldwide.

Purpose

To assist graduate students traveling to the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.

The Albert H. Marckwardt Memorial Fund was established in 1976 to honor this distinguished educator from the University of Michigan and Princeton University who helped shape the community of language scholars and teachers. The fund is maintained through TESOL member contributions.

Award

US$500 and a waiver of the convention registration fees.

There are four awards available annually; two for those in Master's programs and two for those in Doctoral programs.

Criteria

Applications are evaluated according to your
  • scholarship in university-level studies
  • personal attributes for making a contribution to the field
  • involvement in and commitment to ESL/EFL teaching and the profession 
  • financial need

To Apply Online

To complete the online application process, you will need the following information. You are strongly encouraged to gather this information before you begin the application. That way, you can fill out the application completely, and you will not have to go back and fill in items later.

Essay/Personal Statement (1,000 words)

The essay should

  • Describe your scholarship in university level studies
  • Describe your ESL/EFL teaching experience
  • Explain your involvement in regional, national, or international ESL/EFL organizations
  • Explain your career plans after you graduate
  • Describe your current financial situation

Transcript 

This document may be an unofficial transcript from your graduate or doctoral program. The transcript should outline the courses you have completed and your performance in those courses. 

One Letter of Recommendation

You will be asked to provide a contact email address for the person writing a letter of recommendation for you. The letter writer will receive an email message from contact@tesol.org at the address that you provide, inviting them to upload the letter of recommendation directly to the application system. The email request will not be sent until you "complete and finalize" your application. 

During the application process, you will be asked to write the message that they will receive. Please use the space provided to write the outgoing message to your letter writer.
Do not use this space to upload the letter of recommendation. Letters submitted by the applicant will not be accepted. Please ask your letter writer to watch for a message from contact@tesol.org. To ensure that they receive the message, please ask them to add contact@tesol.org to their contacts or to their spam whitelist. If they do not receive the message, please send a message to awards@tesol.org. The letter of recommendation should be written by a faculty member familiar with your program. The letter should specify
  • your personal attributes
  • your scholarship
  • your course of study
Click here to begin the application process.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by 1 November.

Questions?

Contact awards@tesol.org