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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.

IMPORTANT: On the basis of the best information currently available to the United States Department of the Treasury, the following countries require or may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott (within the meaning of section 999(b)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986). The boycotted countries are Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Yemen. As a result, TESOL International Association cannot send funds or issue awards to recipients of these countries. Award applications received from residents of these countries will be removed from consideration. We apologize to those individuals affected.

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.  

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The application deadline is 15 September 2023.

2023 Recipients

Valentina Canese, PhD, is faculty and director at the Instituto Superior de Lenguas, Universidad Nacional de Asunción. She is the editor-in-chief of the multilingual journal Ñemityra: Revista Multilingüe de Lengua, Sociedad y Educación and the second vice president of PARATESOL, Paraguay's TESOL International Association affiliate.

Beatrix Price is a lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University, ELTE, Budapest, Hungary. As a teacher trainer, she gives talks, workshops, and courses internationally. A former president of IATEFL-Hungary, her current doctoral dissertation explores English language teachers’ associations and their members’ continuing professional development.


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