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Grants and Awards

Leadership Mentoring


The Leadership Mentoring Program (LMP) helps TESOL members become more involved in the work of the association. Preference is given to individuals from underrepresented groups within TESOL. This program pairs selected individuals with experienced TESOL leaders who mentor recipients throughout the year as the partnership works together to contribute their time and expertise to TESOL and its varied activities and projects.

How to Apply

TESOL members in good standing who are interested in becoming more involved in the work of TESOL International Association. 

Those accepted into the program receive the following:

  • Free registration to the annual TESOL convention.
  • U.S.$1,000 for lodging expenses during the convention.
  • A mentoring relationship with a TESOL leader.

Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Organizational experience, such as involvement in an affiliate of TESOL International Association.
  • Service to the TESOL profession.
  • Potential for TESOL International Association involvement and leadership.

For more details, please see the Evaluation Rubric

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.

Please explain why you would like to participate in this program and what you hope to gain from it (500 words max).

Provide the following information:

  • Employment history.
  • Post-secondary education history.
  • Relevant awards and honors.

The letter of support must explain why the applicant should be selected. Additionally, it must cite the candidate's TESOL involvement, such as in an affiliate, and/or other relevant service to the profession

You will be asked to provide a contact email address for the person completing the supporting letter. Your supporter will receive a message from at the address that you provide. The email will invite your supporter to upload a letter of recommendation directly to the application system. The email request will not be sent until you "complete and finalize" your application.  

Note: The letter of support deadline is the same as the application deadline (30 November). Applications without the letter of support will be marked as incomplete and will not be evaluated.

Please ask your supporter 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 your supporter does not receive the message, please contact TESOL Awards

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Submit Your Online Application

The application deadline is 15 September.

2024 Recipients

Jamie Harrison, associate professor of ESOL education at Auburn University, has over 20 years of ESL/EFL teaching experience nationally and internationally and continues to teach ESL in her community as part of her outreach and pedagogy.  Her research focuses on teacher beliefs and ESOL teacher advocacy.  

Huseyin Uysal is a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Educational Studies at Knox College. He earned his doctorate in curriculum and instruction (specializing in ESOL/bilingual education) from the University of Florida. His scholarship focuses on identity, power, and inclusivity issues in linguistically and culturally diverse schools.

Yongzhi (Vito) Miao is a Ph.D. candidate in applied linguistics at Northern Arizona University. His interests include speaking/listening, language attitude, global Englishes, assessment, and research methods. He has published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Language Testing and System, and is a finalist for the 2023 System Early Career Researcher Award.

Past Recipients

View a list of past recipients.


Please contact TESOL Awards.

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