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TOEFL® Essentials New Scholar Award


To recognize a recent graduate in the field of foreign- or second-language assessment, whose scholarship or other major professional activities have already made an outstanding contribution.

Award Value

  • $2,000 (payable in U.S. dollars only)
  • a commemorative plaque


Any scholar working in the area of second- or foreign-language assessment who has graduated with a doctorate in the previous 7 years at time of the nomination deadline is eligible.

Important Dates

  • October 15, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET) — Deadline for submissions.
  • December 15, 2021 — Award recipient is notified.

Nomination Process

Nominations must include the following:

  • a completed application form
  • a letter of nomination describing the contributions of the nominee to the field of foreign- or second-language assessment
  • a letter of recommendation by a referee other than the nominator who is familiar with the nominee's work and who is affiliated with an institution other than that of the nominee
  • the nominee's current curriculum vitae, including doctoral graduation dates
  • up to 5 examples of the nominee's work (e.g., an article from a scholarly journal, an original test, computer-delivered instructional materials) that provide a basis for evaluating the claim to distinction

Note: Self-nomination is allowed when providing a letter of nomination.

Evaluation Criteria

A committee convened by the TOEFL® Committee of Examiners will review nominations and select a winner based on the following criteria:

  • consideration of one or more outstanding contributions to the field of foreign- or second-language assessment
  • future promise as a contributor to foreign- or second-language assessment
  • doctoral graduation date (within 7 years of the nomination deadline)

Where to Send Your Nomination Packet or Request for Further Information

Nomination packets must be submitted by email to with "TOEFL Essentials New Scholar Award Application" in the subject line.

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