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Jacqueline Ross TOEFL® Dissertation Award

The TOEFL Program at ETS is pleased to announce applications for the Jacqueline Ross TOEFL Dissertation Award.

Application closed.

The deadline to apply for the 2023 Jacqueline Ross TOEFL Dissertation Award has passed. The next round of applications will open in spring of 2023.


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 3 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 an accredited university.
  • 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 15, 2022 — Deadline for receipt of summary and abstract, letter from advisor and official proof of dissertation acceptance
  • October 20, 2022 — Call to finalists to submit their dissertations
  • November 8, 2022 — Deadline for receipt of dissertations
  • January 31, 2023 — 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.
    • The number of words for the summary and abstract should be clearly indicated. Submissions exceeding the word limit will not be considered.
  • Proof of acceptance of the dissertation by the candidate's university. Evidence of acceptance can include an official transcript from the university, the dissertation committee's signed acceptance form or a copy of the university diploma. Questions regarding proof of acceptance may be sent to
  • A completed application form (PDF).
  • A completed, signed letter from the dissertation advisor or director, using the template form (Word)

Note: Materials should be submitted electronically to

Evaluation criteria

Proposals are evaluated by an independent panel of judges that does not include ETS staff. Evaluations are made 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.

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