Jacqueline Ross TOEFL® Dissertation Award


To recognize doctoral dissertation research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge about second or foreign language tests and testing and/or the use and development of such tests and testing.

Award Value

  • $2,500 (U.S. dollars)
  • Round-trip economy airfare, expenses and hotel accommodations for three nights at the Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), where the award is presented


To be considered for the award:

  • The candidate’s institution must have accepted the dissertation within three years before the date of the award application.
  • The research must have been completed as part of the requirements for a doctoral degree, or its equivalent, at a university within or outside the United States.
  • Although the dissertation under consideration must be in English, the research may be related to second- or foreign-language testing of any language.

Note: Candidates who have submitted abstracts for this award in previous years are not eligible.

Important Dates

  • September 16 — Deadline for receipt of summary and abstract, letter from advisor and official proof of dissertation acceptance
  • October 21 — Call for submission of dissertations of finalists
  • November 8 — Deadline for receipt of dissertations
  • January 31 — Selection of award recipient

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A typed summary of the dissertation, not to exceed 5,000 words, including tables and figures, but excluding references, and a 150-word abstract of the research.
    • The summary should include brief descriptions of theoretical background and rationale, purposes of the research, methods (including data analyses), results, and implications of the results. Submissions exceeding the word limit will not be considered.
  • Proof of acceptance of the dissertation by the candidate's university.
  • A completed application form.
  • A completed, signed letter from the dissertation advisor or director, using the template form.

Note: The application form should be printed and filled out, then scanned and submitted electronically to TOEFLGrantsandAwards@ets.org.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals are evaluated according to these criteria:

  • Scholarly or professional significance to the field of second or foreign language testing and/or test use and development
  • Originality and creativity
  • Technical quality
  • Quality of presentation

Note: ETS and the TOEFL® Committee of Examiners reserve the right to decline selection of a recipient should there be no suitable applicants.

Where to Send Your Application or Request Further Information

TOEFL Grants and Awards Program
MS 50-L
Princeton, NJ 08541 U.S.A.

Electronic applications are encouraged.

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