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The Meral Güçeri TESOL/TEFL Travel Grant

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


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.


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


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 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 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 send a message to 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.

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2022 Recipient: Marwan M. Abdi

17952803_1378800205492383_2835958291172568150_n Marwan M. Abdi is a Ph.D. Candidate at Duhok University in Kurdistan Region of Iraq. As a Fulbright Alumni, he has participated in several professional developments courses at the University of Texas at Austin and Arizona State University. His research interests include integrating culture into EFL settings and Literary Humanities. 


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