The University of Pittsburgh Travel Award for IEP Instructors

Who's Eligible

Applicants must:


To support the professional development of ESL teachers and trainers in IEPs by offsetting costs for the annual TESOL convention.

This award, given in honor of Edward M. Anthony and Christina Bratt Paulston, is funded by a generous contribution from the English Language Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and other contributors.


One grant of US$1,500 to offset the cost of attending a TESOL convention, including travel, accommodations, and registration fees.


Applications are evaluated based on your
  • Eligibility
  • Reasons for wishing to attend the TESOL convention
  • Past and current contributions to teaching ESL in an IEP
  • Financial need
Preference is given to individuals who have never attended a TESOL convention.

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.

Short Answers

  • Explain the reasons you want to attend the TESOL convention (250 words or less)
  • Explain past and current contributions and commitment to ESL/EFL teaching, especially in the IEP context (250 words or less)
  • List the TESOL conventions you have attended
  • Explain your opportunities for receiving financial support for professional development from your institution, publisher, or other sources (250 words or less)

Two Letters of Recommendation

You will be asked to provide contact email addresses for the people writing letters of recommendation for you. They will receive an email message from at the address that you provide. The message will invite them to upload their letters of recommendation directly to the application system. The message 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 writers. Do not use this space to upload the letter of recommendation. Letters submitted by the applicant will not be accepted.

Please ask your letter writers to watch for a message from To ensure that they receive the message, please ask them to add to their contacts or to their spam whitelist. If they do not receive the message, please send a message to

Letters of recommendation should:
  • Be written by ESL/EFL professionals
  • Describe your work, contributions, and commitment to the field
Click here to begin application process.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by 1 November.