This website uses cookies. A cookie is a small piece of code that gives your computer a unique identity, but it does not contain any information that allows us to identify you personally. For more information on how TESOL International Association uses cookies, please read our privacy policy. Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can opt out by changing your browser settings.

The Meral Güçeri TESOL/TEFL Travel Grant

Important: TESOL will be making a decision in the fall of 2020 to determine if we are able to hold our scheduled face-to-face Convention 23-26 March 2021. If the face-to-face convention is canceled, awards will not be issued to cover travel and hotel costs. Awards that include a complimentary convention registration will be offered a complimentary registration to the TESOL Virtual Convention. Thank you for your understanding as we navigate these uncertain times.

Who's Eligible?

TESOL members who are currently practicing English language teachers, teacher trainers, or supervisors with at least 5 years of experience working in a setting where English is taught as a foreign or additional language (EFL/EAL). 

Please note:
 Professionals working in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, are not eligible for this award.

Preference is given to applicants who have never attended a TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo

Purpose

To help English language professionals attend the annual TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.
This travel grant honors long-time TESOL member Dr. Meral Güçeri, who passed away in 2019. Dr. Güçeri was a strong supporter of the professional developments of early career academics. This travel grant is funded by the generous contribution of the Güçeri Family.

Award

Travel and basic expenses not to exceed US$2,500.

Criteria

Applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:
  • your reasons for wishing to attend the TESOL convention
  • evidence of your commitment to teaching in an EFL/EAL setting 
  • the benefit that attending the TESOL convention will bring to you and other teachers in your community
  • 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.

A List of TESOL Conventions You Have Attended

Please provide a list of all the TESOL International Conventions that you have attended. Please do not include conventions held by TESOL affiliates

Biographical Statement (50 words max)

Please prepare a professional biographical statement written in the third person.

Essay (500 words max)

This essay should
  • explain your reasons for wishing to attend the TESOL convention
  • describe your EFL/EAL teaching experience, including the years, locations, and your responsibilities
  • describe in detail the ways that you and others will benefit from your experience at the convention
  • describe your current financial situation

Two Letters of Recommendation

You will be asked to provide contact email addresses for the people writing letters of recommendation for you. They will receive an email message from awards@tesol.org at the address you provide, inviting them to upload their letters 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 writers to watch for a message from awards@tesol.org. To ensure that they receive the message, please ask them to add awards@tesol.org to their contacts or to their spam whitelist.

If they do not receive the message, please send a message to awards@tesol.org. Letters of recommendation should
  • be written in English
  • describe and evaluate your work in EFL/EAL
  • attest to your commitment to teaching in an EFL/EAL setting
  • describe how you and others will benefit from your attending the TESOL convention 

Application Deadline

Accepting applications starting 1 July. All applications including letters of recommendation must be received by 1 October.

Apply Now

2020 Recipient: Carolina Ortiz

Awards on website (12)

Questions?

Please contact TESOL Awards