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TESOL Award for Excellence in Research 


To recognize excellence in research on language teaching and learning. The award will be given for empirical research that advances English language teaching policies, programs, or practices, or generates new knowledge about additional language acquisition.

Who's Eligible?

Work published in print or online during the calendar year preceding the award year and final page proofs of papers scheduled to be published are acceptable. 

Any member of TESOL who is a member both at the time of application and at the time the award is bestowed is eligible. Research must be published in a peer-reviewed journal. Peer-reviewed journals may include TESOL publications and those of TESOL affiliates, as well as non-TESOL peer-reviewed journals. Articles with multiple authors are eligible to receive the award and authors will decide how to distribute the award package. 


  • US$1,500 award
  • Additional US$1,500 to be used for registration and travel expenses related to the in-person TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo
  • One featured session at the TESOL convention
  • Be the featured keynote speaker at the Graduate Student Forums at the in-person TESOL convention
  • 1-year subscription to TESOL Quarterly
  • One featured article in TESOL Connections


Adjudication of the award will be directed by the TESOL Research Professional Council. The following criteria will guide evaluation by a minimum of two and a maximum of three anonymized reviewers: 
  • Significance of the issue to the field of language learning and teaching in TESOL
  • Awareness of relevant scholarship related to the issue or problem
  • Clarity with which any theoretical considerations, research questions, or models related to the issue or problem are presented
  • Evidence of appropriate research methods and analysis, regardless of methodological paradigm
  • Clarity of the writing 
Download the evaluation rubric

Online Submission Process

Papers may be nominated or self-nominated. To complete the online submission 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.
  • Biographical statement for author(s) of paper (50 words)
  • Author's full name and email address (primary author if more than one author)
  • PDF of empirical research study 
  • If the paper is “in press” or accepted, and is scheduled to be published later in the year, a letter of acceptance from the journal.
  • Letter of nomination. The letter should
    • describe the main areas of strengths of the research as they relate to the evaluation criteria
    • explain the significance of the research and any theoretical, methodological, and/or pedagogical contributions it makes to the field of language learning and teaching in TESOL 

Application Deadline

Open for applications soon.

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2022 Recipients: Yuliya Ardasheva and Amy Crosson

ardasheva Dr. Yuliya Ardasheva, an Associate Professor in multilingual learner (ML) education at Washington State University, USA. Her research focuses on individual student differences, simultaneous language and academic development, and teacher ML preparation, beliefs, and practices. Yuliya has published her work in the TESOL Quarterly, Language Learning, and Review of Educational Research. 
 screen_shot_20211027_at_10.40.21_am Amy C. Crosson is an assistant professor in the College of Education and faculty in the Center for Language Science at Pennsylvania State University, University Park. Her mixed-methods research investigates instructional innovations to optimize language and literacy learning for multilingual students in public school settings.  

Past Award Recipients

View a list of past recipients.


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