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TESOL Awards, Honors, & Grants

TESOL offers numerous awards and grants to honor excellence in service to the field and research, and to enable TESOL members to attend the Annual TESOL Convention & English Language Expo. Apply for these awards and grants yourself and share the information with your students and colleagues.

Interested in serving as an awards reviewer? Apply today!

Congratulations 2022 Award Recipients!

Convention Travel Grants & Scholarships

TESOL International Association annually awards more than US$50,000 in travel grants and registration scholarships to help TESOL members attend the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.

Travel Grants Available  

  • The Meral Güceri TESOL/TEFL Travel Grant 
  • The University of Pittsburgh Travel Award for IEP Instructors 
  • TESOL Awards for International Participation - Funded by the TOEFL Board of ETS 

Scholarships Available 

  • The TESOL Leadership Mentoring Program Award
*TESOL grants and scholarships are under review. Opening for applications soon. 

TESOL Awards for Excellence & Service 

TESOL-sponsored awards and grants recognize exceptional TESOL members. These awards are made possible by the support of TESOL's partners National Geographic Learning and Eastern Carolina University, and generous donations from members like you. There are the available awards:

  • TESOL Teacher of the Year Award
  • TESOL Award for Distinguished Research
  • The Ron Chang Lee for Excellence in Classroom Technology      
  • The James E. Alatis Award for Service to TESOL
*TESOL awards for excellence and service are under review. Opening for applications soon. 

Professional Learning Scholarships

The Rosa Aronson TESOL Professional Learning Scholarships were established to honor Rosa Aronson, who served as TESOL's executive director from 2010 to 2017, and her deep commitment to the professional learning of teachers in underserved countries. This new program will award seven scholarships to cover the cost of the Global Professional membership and any professional learning opportunity offered by TESOL International Association. 

Teaching Materials

The Tina B. Carver Fund was established by her family and colleagues to honor the life and work of Tina B. Carver, longtime member of TESOL and the ESL/EFL community. Grants are available for funding the purchase of student classroom learning materials and/or teacher-related materials (e.g., ancillary materials that can be used in conjunction with textbooks or other instruction materials) to support adult ESL education programs in the United States.

TESOL Presidents' Award

Every year the TESOL president, in collaboration with the president-elect and the past president, selects a recipient for the annual Presidents’ Award. The award honors individuals and organizations outside of TESOL who have demonstrated a commitment to English-language instruction, helped TESOL further its mission, and supported education in general.

The recipient of the 2021 TESOL President's Award is International Rescue Committee (IRC): Education team