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The Albert H. Marckwardt Travel Grants

Who's Eligible?

TESOL members who are graduate students in TESL/TEFL programs worldwide.


To assist graduate students traveling to the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.

The Albert H. Marckwardt Memorial Fund was established in 1976 to honor this distinguished educator from the University of Michigan and Princeton University who helped shape the community of language scholars and teachers. The fund is maintained through TESOL member contributions.


US$500 and a waiver of the virtual convention registration fees. There are four awards available annually; two for those in Master's programs and two for those in Doctoral programs.


Applications are evaluated according to your
  • scholarship in university-level studies
  • personal attributes for making a contribution to the field
  • involvement in and commitment to ESL/EFL teaching and the profession 
  • financial need
Download the evaluation rubric.

To Apply Online

To complete the online application process, you will need the following information. You are strongly encouraged to gather this information before you begin the application. That way, you can fill out the application completely, and you will not have to go back and fill in items later.

Essay/Personal Statement (1,000 words)

The essay should

  • Describe your scholarship in university level studies
  • Describe your ESL/EFL teaching experience
  • Explain your involvement in regional, national, or international ESL/EFL organizations
  • Explain your career plans after you graduate
  • Describe your current financial situation


This document may be an unofficial transcript from your graduate or doctoral program. The transcript should outline the courses you have completed and your performance in those courses. 

One Letter of Recommendation

You will be asked to provide a contact email address for the person writing a letter of recommendation for you. The letter writer will receive an email message from at the address that you provide, inviting them to upload the letter of recommendation directly to the application system. The email request will not be sent until you "complete and finalize" your application. 
Letters submitted by the applicant will not be accepted. Please ask your letter writer to watch for a message from To ensure that they receive the message, please ask them to add to their contacts or to their spam whitelist. If they do not receive the message, please contact TESOL Awards. The letter of recommendation should be written by a faculty member familiar with your program. The letter should specify
  • your personal attributes
  • your scholarship
  • your course of study 

Application Deadline

Open for applications soon.

Apply Now

2022 Recipients

caprario_photo Marcella Caprario is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University. Her research interests include English as a lingua franca, intercultural pragmatics, L2 pragmatics instruction, and corpus pragmatics. She has over a decade of language teaching and teacher training experience in the U.S. and China. 
 rabail_qayyum Rabail Qayyum is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She teaches for the English Language Institute and works for the Writing Center. She spent over a decade teaching academic writing, public speaking, and business communication to university students in Karachi, Pakistan.  


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