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The Ruth Crymes TESOL Fellowship for Graduate Study

Who's Eligible?

To be eligible for the award you must
  • be a TESOL member
  • be a graduate student who is currently enrolled in a TESOL/TEFL graduate program or a closely-relevant program (e.g., Second Language Acquisition or Foreign Language Education Program) at the time of the application 
  • plan on working on a graduate study project during an upcoming academic year on a topic relevant to TESOL or TEFL


To support current graduate students in the development of projects with direct application to ESOL classroom instruction.

Note: The recipient of this award is expected to present the results of the project at a TESOL convention within three years of the date the award is received.


One award of $1,500 USD and a convention registration for a subsequent year, when the completed project is presented.


Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • the merit of the graduate study project
  • clear goals of graduate studies
  • relevant scholarship and experiences
  • demonstrated financial need related to completing the graduate study project
Preference is given to projects with practical classroom applications. 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.

Short Essays

Write two essays that include
  • an explanation of your goals for graduate study and your professional experiences and scholarship (250 words)
  • a statement describing how this award will help finance your graduate study project (250 words)

Graduate Project Description (1,250 words max)

Describe your graduate study project, including
  • a statement of purpose for the study
  • a description of what is to be done and why
  • a statement of the project's practical application

One Letter of Recommendation

The letter should
  • be written by your graduate supervisor
  • confirm approval, indicate the status, and comment on the merit of your graduate project
  • describe your scholarship
You will be asked to provide a contact email addresses for your graduate supervisor. Your graduate supervisor will receive a message from at the address that you provide. The email will invite your graduate supervisor to upload a letter of recommendation directly to the application system.

Please ask your graduate supervisor to watch for a message from To ensure that they receive the message, please ask them to add to their contacts or their spam whitelist.

If they do not receive the message, please send a message to TESOL Awards.

Application Deadline

Accepting applications starting 1 July. All applications and materials must be received by 1 October

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2022 Recipient: Xiaomeng Li

photo_casual_2 Xiaomeng Li is a Second Language Acquisition doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests are primarily in second language reading, especially in second language visual word recognition and cross-linguistic comparison of writing systems. Her research was published in Language Teaching and presented in worldwide conferences. 

Past Award Recipients

View a list of past recipients.


Please contact TESOL Awards.