TOEFL® Grants and Awards
The deadline to apply for the TOEFL English-Language Researcher/ Practitioner Grant has passed. The next round of applications will open in spring of 2024.
We are happy to announce the 2024 TOEFL® English-language Researcher/Practitioner Grant Program.
The purpose of the TOEFL English-language Researcher/Practitioner Grant Program is to enable practitioners to become involved in ETS's efforts to promote English language learning, and to support education and professional development for English-language teachers worldwide through ETS's assessments and services.
The main objectives of this grant program are:
Grantees will investigate changes in English-language proficiency levels in relation to teaching and learning in their particular contexts. Chiefly, grantees will:
If the instructional period extends beyond 1 academic semester or quarter (e.g., a series of classes in succession with the same students), grantees are encouraged to administer the tests more than twice and collect performance samples throughout the entire instructional period. ETS will provide the research materials (e.g., research forms for the TOEFL iBT test, the TOEFL ITP test, the TOEFL Junior Standard test or the TOEFL Primary Listening and Reading tests) for all test administrations in addition to the award.
Grantees are encouraged to consider research dissemination activities. With prior ETS technical review and approval, grantees will be permitted to submit proposals for presenting their results at conferences and seminars.
Successful applicants will receive funding of US$5,000–$10,000. The exact amount of funding will be commensurate with the scope of the particular research project after determining the duration of the instructional period, the frequency of test administrations, the number of students tested, and the amount of other performance data collected.
Practitioners who are teaching English in various contexts including universities, intensive English programs, study-abroad programs, primary schools and secondary (middle or high) schools are invited to apply. Prior research experience is not required, but practitioners with advanced degrees in language instruction, or a related field, will be given preference.
Preferred class/course specifications are as follows:
Note: Due to United States and European Union governmental sanctions, ETS may not be able to make payments to individuals or organizations in certain countries. The specific countries are determined by the United States and European Union governmental agencies and are subject to change. If your application is from one of these countries, you may be notified that your application cannot be considered for a TOEFL Grant or Award at this time.
Applicants must submit an application package via email to TOEFLGrantsandAwards@ets.org by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time July 15, 2023. The email must include the following subject line: "TOEFL English-Language Researcher/Practitioner Grant Program Application." The application package must include the following:
ETS may contact applicants for clarification of their submissions.
Note: For more information about the timeline for conducting a research project, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section.
All applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:
When submitting inquiries, please use the following in the subject line: "TOEFL English-Language Researcher/Practitioner Grant Program Inquiry."