The Ruth Crymes TESOL Fellowship for Graduate Study

2017 Recipient: Ju Seong (John) Lee

ju_seong_john_leeJu Seong (John) Lee is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His research interests include computer-assisted language learning (CALL) -- particularly, videoconferencing and informal digital learning of English, English as an International Language (EIL), and teacher preparation/development.

Who's Eligible

You must meet all of the three conditions to be eligible for the award:
  1. Must be a TESOL member
  2. Must be a graduate student who is currently enrolled in a TESOL or TEFL graduate program at the time of the application
  3. Must plan on working on a graduate study project on a topic relevant to TESOL or TEFL for an upcoming academic year or beyond


To support current graduate students in the development of projects with direct application to ESOL classroom instruction. The recipient of this award is expected to present the results of the project at a TESOL convention within 3 years of the date the award is received.


One selected applicant will receive an award of $1,500 USD and a convention registration for a subsequent year, when the completed project is presented.


Applications are evaluated in terms of:
  • the merit of the graduate study project
  • clear goals of graduate studies
  • relevant scholarship and experiences
  • demonstrated financial need related to completing the graduate study project
Preference is given to projects with practical classroom applications.

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 Essays

Write two essays which include:
  • an explanation of your goals of graduate studies and your professional experiences/scholarship (250 words or fewer)
  • a statement describing how this award will help finance the graduate study project (250 words or fewer)

Graduate Project Description (1250 words maximum)

Describe your graduate study project, including:
  • a statement of purpose for the study
  • a description of what is to be done and why
  • a statement of the project's practical application

One Letter of Recommendation

The letter should:
  • be written by your graduate supervisor
  • confirm approval, indicate the status, and comment on the merit of your graduate project
  • describe your scholarship
You will be asked to provide a contact email addresses for your graduate supervisor. Your graduate supervisor will receive a message from at the address that you provide. The email will invite your graduate supervisor to upload a letter of recommendation directly to the application system.

Please ask your graduate supervisor to watch for a message from To ensure that they receive the message, please ask them to add to their contacts or their spam whitelist.

If they do not receive the message, please send a message to

Click here to begin the application process.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by 1 November. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.



Past Award Recipients

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