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TESOL Awards for 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).


TESOL members who:
  • Are from a country other than the United States or Canada.
  • Submitted an accepted proposal for the TESOL 2023 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.

To Apply

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.

Important: 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 2023 Convention. Applications with rejected proposals will be disqualified.  

Application Deadline

Applications are being accepted from 17 October through 30 November 2022.

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2022 Recipients

 316a4808c24448008622f0895b96a3a0.jpeg Burcin Kagitci Yildiz is an EFL lecturer at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, where she also works as the co-director of the Academic Writing Center and helps organize institutional academic events. She is currently pursuing her PhD in ELT with a special interest in sociolinguistics and academic writing.  
106366056_10207841512311257_1553156683414058899_o_1 Jirina Karasova is an English language teacher and a doctoral student at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. Her professional interest lies in pre-service teacher education, effective communication skills, autonomy-supportive teaching, and learners’ and teachers’ social and emotional development.  
nyc_pic  Toni McLaughlan is an English Communications instructor at HCT (UAE) and a United Nations communications intern. She is a trained assessment developer currently writing for Michigan Language Assessments. She holds an MA: Linguistics and MS Ed.: School Psychology. Presently, she is completing a Ph.D. in Higher Education at Lancaster University (UK).


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