Jacqueline Ross TOEFL® Dissertation Award

The TOEFL Program at ETS is pleased to announce applications for the 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 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 TOEFLGrantsandAwards@ets.org.
  • 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 TOEFLGrantsandAwards@ets.org.

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.

Contact us

For more information, email TOEFLGrantsandAwards@ets.org.