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The Ruth Crymes TESOL Academies Fellowships

Who's Eligible?

Any TESOL member who is a classroom teacher, teacher trainer, or teacher supervisor.


To support teachers who wish to attend a the TESOL convention.

The Ruth Crymes Fellowship Fund was established in memory of TESOL President (1979-1980) and TESOL Quarterly Editor Ruth Crymes, who was killed in an airplane crash en route to the 1979 MEXTESOL Conference.


Two fellowships in the amount of US$500 to be used toward registration, room, board, and travel expenses.


Selections are made based on the following criteria:
  • your reasons for wishing to attend a TESOL event
  • ways that attendance will enhance your workplace performance
  • your plans to share your professional development knowledge with colleagues
  • your professional goals and experience
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.

Essay (800 words)

The essay should address
  • your reasons for wishing to attend a TESOL event 
  • the ways attendance will enhance your workplace performance
  • your willingness to participate on behalf of TESOL, an affiliate, or other similar professional organization
  • your professional goals and experience
  • your plans to share your professional development knowledge with colleagues

One Letter of Recommendation

You will be asked to provide a contact email address for the person writing your letter of recommendation. They will receive a message from at the address that you provide inviting them to upload their letter of recommendation directly to the application system. The message will not be sent until you "complete and finalize" your application. Letters submitted by the applicant will not be accepted.

Please ask your letter writer 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. The letter should be written by a professional who can describe your work and your professional activities.

Application Deadline

Applications are being accepted starting 1 July. All applications and supporting materials must be received by 1 October.

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2020 Recipients

Ruth Crymes Fellowships


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