TESOL Sponsored Awards and Grants:
This web link includes information about the various TESOL awards and grants available to English language teaching professionals and lists of past award and grant recipients. TESOL sponsored awards and grants recognize exceptional TESOL members so TESOL awards are available to TESOL members only (except for the TESOL Virginia French Allen Award for Scholarship and Service). Membership must be active at the time of application. If you have any questions about TESOL awards, please contact

Grants from NNETESOL

Research or Development of Classroom Materials Award: This award is designed to provide financial support for library materials, field research or the preparation of pedagogical activities.

Annual Due Date: September 1st
Eligible Applicants:  Any NNETESOL member
Grant Amount:  Up to $500 per year for one applicant
Criteria:  Applications are evaluated on the research/development’s practical feasibility; relevance to the classroom; soundness of rationale and theoretical basis; clarity of indicated language level and intended student population; organization; and expression.  The research or development must be completed within a calendar year of the due date.  The recipient of the award will also present the results of the research/development at a NNETESOL conference and contribute documentation to the NNETESOL archives.

Application Information and Submission:  Send following information via email to NNETESOL (

  1. Personal contact information – name, mailing address, home telephone number, and email address
  2. School contact information (which you are employed or affiliated with) – name, mailing address, and work telephone number
  3. Resume, which should include your background in English as a Second Language (ESL)
  4. Summarize your research/development – rationale; pedagogical purpose and procedure; and expected contribution to the ESL professional field and contribution to local teachers (300 word maximum)
  5. A detailed budget of your estimated financial costs
  6. Provide a start date for research/development and target date for completion
  7. Explain how you plan to share the results of this project/research or how materials will be distributed for interested teachers

Richard Yorkey Developmental Grant: This award was created in 1998 to honor and remember Dr. Richard Yorkey, a noted author and educator, who loyally and actively contributed to NNETESOL for many years.  The purpose of the Yorkey Development grant is to provide financial support for professional development, such as a college course or training opportunity in the English as a Second Language (ESL) field.

Annual Due Date: November 1  –  course/training must be completed within 1 year of this due date
Eligible Applicants: Any NNETESOL member without benefits for professional development and working in the ESL field with or without an ESL degree.
Grant Amount: Up to $800 per year to one or more applicants, applicant will only be awarded one grant per year.
Criteria: Applications are evaluated on the relevance of the college course(s) or training opportunity to the ESL field/work. The monetary award of this grant can only be paid to the institution offering the professional development opportunity.  Reimbursement of individuals will not be considered.

 Application Information and Submission: Send following information via email to NNETESOL (

  1. Personal contact information – name, mailing address, home telephone number, and email address
  2. Bio-data summarizing your education and degrees received (50 word minimum);
  3. A purpose statement describing the connection of the course or training opportunity to your current position and showing the need for further personal and professional improvement (100 word minimum)
  4. College course or training opportunity information – institution offering the course or training, cost, dates and a brief description
  5. A recommendation from a supervisor who works in the ESL field, preferably at your work site.  The recommendation should verify your present employment and your need for this professional development and grant award.

Mainstream Teacher Award:  Northern New England TESOL would like to recognize the many mainstream classroom teachers who contribute to the academic success of English language learners (ELL) in their schools. In most cases, ELL students are in mainstream/regular classroom settings during the school day. The students rely on the extra effort and support from these teachers to make the class content accessible to them.

Annual Due Date: September 1st
Grant Amount: $100 gift certificate, letter of recognition sent to his/her principal, and free admittance for the nominator and nominee to a NNETESOL conference
Application Procedures:
Within three (3) weeks of the due date, an executive committee will review all the applications and recommend an applicant from each state (ME, NH, VT) to the NNETESOL Board for the grant award. Within five (5) weeks: a final decision will be agreed upon, the applicant will be notified with an invitation to attend a NNETESOL conference where the award will be presented.

Application Information and Submission: A NNETESOL member nominates a mainstream/regular classroom or content area teacher who deserves recognition for his/her support of ELLs in the school district. The member completes the Mainstream Teacher Award form and sends via email to the NNETESOL (

Graduate Student Award: Established in 2013, this award is designed to recognize graduate students in TESOL related programs in member states that seek to enhance their knowledge about ESOL by attending the NNETESOL conference. Up to three individuals may receive the award each year, one from each member state.

imagesAnnual Due Date: September 1st
Eligible Applicants: Any graduate student who is currently enrolled full time in TESOL, Applied Linguistics or a closely related field at an accredited institution of higher learning in Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont.
Grant Amount: One year of free admission to the Northern New England TESOL conference and up to $50 mileage reimbursement for travel to and from the conference.
Criteria: Applicants are evaluated on their commitment to becoming active members of the NNETESOL community and the TESOL field. Preference will also be given to students who are viewed to be in financial need.

Application Information and Submission: Send following information via email to NNETESOL at

  1. Personal contact information – full name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address.
  2. School contact information – name, mailing address, and work telephone number.
  3. A letter that summarizes the coursework you have completed in a TESOL related program, explains your interest in attending the NNETESOL conference and explains how you plan to share what you learn with other graduate students in your program (150 word minimum)
  4. Approximate round-trip mileage from your home to the conference site.