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TOEFL® Grants and Awards

TOEFL® Award for International Participation at TESOL


Formerly known as TOEFL® Board Awards for International Participation at TESOL.


To increase international participation at the annual International TESOL Convention and to provide support for first-time presenters.

Award Value

Up to four grants may be awarded. Each recipient is awarded $2,500 to attend and present at TESOL.


TESOL members who:

  • are from a country outside the United States and Canada
  • will be first-time presenters at the annual International TESOL Convention
  • have had a proposal accepted for presentation at the Convention

Note: TESOL members who currently live in the United States or Canada are not eligible.

Important dates

The application deadline is the same as the TESOL Convention's Call for Participation. You can also visit for more information.

Application process

  • Submit your proposal through the TESOL Call for Participation.
  • Using the box provided on the TESOL proposal form, indicate your status as a first-time presenter.

A TESOL Committee will review proposal submissions that meet the criteria to select the recipients.

Evaluation criteria

  • Significance of the topic as it relates to the field of second language acquisition or English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) teaching
  • Contribution of the proposed presentation to the field of teaching ESL/EFL
  • Originality/creativity in concept
  • Relevance to and broad impact upon the field

Preference is given to applicants working in ESL/EFL from countries historically underrepresented at the TESOL International Convention.