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The Meral Güçeri TESOL/TEFL Travel Grant

Purpose

To provide resources for English language professionals to attend the annual TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.

This award was established in the memory of long-time TESOL member Dr. Meral Güçeri. Dr. Güçeri was a strong supporter of the professional development of early career academics. This travel grant is funded by the generous contribution of the Güçeri Family.

Eligibility

TESOL members in good standing who are currently practicing English language teachers, teacher trainers, or supervisors with at least 5 years of experience working in a setting where English is taught as a foreign or additional language (EFL/EAL). 

Please note:
 Professionals working in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, are not eligible for this award.

Preference is given to applicants who have never attended a TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.   

Award

Travel and basic expenses not to exceed U.S.$2,500 for one recipient.

Criteria

Applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:
  • Your reasons for wishing to attend the TESOL convention.
  • Evidence of your commitment to teaching in an EFL/EAL setting.
  • The benefit that attending the TESOL convention will bring to you and other teachers in your professional community.
  • Financial need.
For more details, please see 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.

A List of TESOL Conventions You Have Attended

Please provide a list of all the TESOL International Conventions that you have attended. Please do not include conventions held by TESOL affiliates

Biographical Statement (50 words max)

Please prepare a professional biographical statement written in the third person.

Essay (500 words max)

This essay should:
  • Explain your reasons for wishing to attend the TESOL convention.
  • Describe your EFL/EAL teaching experience, including the years, locations, and your responsibilities.
  • Describe in detail the ways that you and others will benefit from your experience at the convention.
  • Describe your current financial situation.

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 awards@tesol.org at the address you provide, inviting 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 awards@tesol.org. To ensure that they receive the message, please ask them to add awards@tesol.org to their contacts or to their spam whitelist. If they do not receive the message, please send a message to awards@tesol.org. Letters of recommendation should:
  • Be written in English.
  • Describe and evaluate your work in EFL/EAL.
  • Attest to your commitment to teaching in an EFL/EAL setting.
  • Describe how you and others will benefit from your attending the TESOL convention.

Application Deadline

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

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2022 Recipient: Marwan M. Abdi

17952803_1378800205492383_2835958291172568150_n Marwan M. Abdi is a Ph.D. Candidate at Duhok University in Kurdistan Region of Iraq. As a Fulbright Alumni, he has participated in several professional developments courses at the University of Texas at Austin and Arizona State University. His research interests include integrating culture into EFL settings and Literary Humanities. 
   

Questions?

Please contact TESOL Awards