The TESOL Professional Development Scholarships

Who's Eligible

TESOL members in good standing.


To assist in the professional development of TESOL members by facilitating attendance at the annual convention. Recipients may also choose to attend a pre- or postconvention institute (PCI) in addition to the convention.

The TESOL Professional Development Scholarships were established in 1995 to provide the TESOL membership with ongoing professional development and to make the TESOL convention more enriching, fulfilling, and accessible to all members. One scholarship is awarded for each year of TESOL's history.


50 scholarships for the waiver of (a) convention registration only or (b) convention registration and the fee for one Pre or Post Convention Institute (PCI).

To Apply

To complete the application process, you will need to submit a statement of 500 words or fewer addressing the following topics:

  • How attendance at the TESOL convention will further your professional development
  • How attending the conference will benefit your ESL/EFL community
  • Why you need this scholarship

Note: Scholarship recipients are expected to volunteer at the convention for a minimum of 2 hours; the names of recipients will be forwarded to the annual convention volunteer coordinator.

Click here to begin application process.

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by 1 November.