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The Betty Azar Travel Grants for Practicing ESL/EFL Teachers

Who's Eligible?

Practicing ESL/EFL teachers and teacher trainers who are also active TESOL members and who need financial support to attend the annual TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.


To support the professional development of ESL/EFL teachers by making it possible for more teachers to attend the annual TESOL convention.

The Travel Grants are funded by a generous contribution from long-time TESOL member Betty Azar.


A minimum of 10 grants of US$1,500 each to pay the costs of attending a TESOL convention, including travel, accommodations and registration fees. Total number of grants will depend on annual grant funding levels.


Applications are evaluated on the basis of
  • your reasons for wanting to attend the TESOL convention
  • your commitment and contributions to ESL/EFL teaching
  • your financial need
Preference is given to individuals who have never attended a TESOL convention. Download the evaluation rubric.

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 Answer Section

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


You will be asked to upload a current resumé/CV.

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 you provide. The message will invite them to upload their letters of recommendation directly to the application system. The email request will not be sent until you "complete and finalize" your application. 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 TESOL Awards. Letters of recommendation should
  • be written in English and by a professional who can describe your work and your professional activities
  • describe your work, contributions, and commitment to the field

Application Deadline

Accepting applications starting 1 July. All applications and supporting documents must be received by 1 October.

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