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Grants and Awards

International Participation


To increase participation of presenters from outside of North America at the annual TESOL convention. This award is presented by the TOEFL Board of Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Application Deadline

Applications are due 15 September 2023.

How to Apply

TESOL members who:

  • Are from a country other than the United States or Canada.
  • Submitted an accepted proposal for the TESOL Convention.
  • Are presenting for the first time at the annual TESOL convention.

TESOL members currently residing in the United States or Canada are not eligible. Preference is given to applicants residing in countries underrepresented at the TESOL conventions.

Up to four awards in the amount of U.S.$2,500 to cover travel and lodging expenses to attend and present at the TESOL convention.

The proposal will be evaluated according to:

  • The significance of the topic as it relates to the field of second language acquisition and ELT.
  • The contribution of the proposal to the field of TESL/TEFL.
  • Originality and creativity in concept.
  • Relevance and broad impact.

Applicants will also submit a statement of 500 words or less addressing the following:

  • How attendance at the TESOL convention will further their professional development.
  • How attending the conference will benefit their ESL/EFL community.
  • Why is this travel grant needed, including evidence of financial need.

For more details, please see the Evaluation Rubric.

Applicants will submit their convention presentation title and description, which should not be longer than 1,000 words, and a statement of 500 words or less addressing reasons for needing this travel grant.

All applications submitted for this award will be pre-screened to verify that the proposals on the applications are accepted to be presented at the TESOL Convention. Applications with rejected proposals will be disqualified.  

2024 Recipients

Khoa Do is a lecturer at the National College of Education, Ho Chi Minh city. Khoa believes deeply in the importance of communities and encouraging reflective dialogue among teachers. He is the founder of a 21,000-member community named People of TESOL and the leader of the Non-judgmental Dialogues project.

Sidrah Niaz is leading a women-led organization in Pakistan named Evolution with a vision to create innovative professional development opportunities in the field of TESOL. With twelve+ years of experience, she is transforming English language education prominently through U.S. Department of State initiatives, bridging educational gaps globally.

María Matilde Olivero, with a doctorate in second language acquisition from University of South Florida, is a language teacher educator and researcher at Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Argentina. She works intensively in the areas of peacebuilding and well-being in language education through her teaching, research, and innovative classroom material design.

Lucía Pin is an architect and educational services director at Alianza Cultural Uruguay—Estados Unidos. She has extensive knowledge of staff training, online learning environments, teaching training programs, and teacher mentoring. She holds a diploma in educational management and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in educational management and leadership. 


Please contact TESOL Awards.

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