2019 Jacqueline Ross TOEFL® Dissertation Award

ETS and the TOEFL® Committee of Examiners has started receiving proposal for 2019 Jacqueline Ross TOEFL® Dissertation Award. 


2019 Jacqueline Ross TOEFL® Dissertation Award

To recognize doctoral dissertation research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge about second or foreign-language tests and testing and/or the use and development of such tests and testing.

The Award value is $2,500 (U.S. dollars) and round-trip economy airfare, expenses and hotel accommodations for 3 nights at the Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), where the award is presented

The candidates are expected to have the following conditions:

  • The candidate's institution must have accepted the dissertation within 3 years before the date of the award application.
  • The research must have been completed as part of the requirements for a doctoral degree, or its equivalent, at an accredited university.
  • Although the dissertation under consideration must be in English, the research may be related to second- or foreign-language testing of any language.

Note: Candidates who have submitted abstracts for this award in previous years are not eligible.

The important dates for the candidates are: 

September 15 — Deadline for receipt of summary and abstract, letter from advisor and official proof of dissertation acceptance

October 20 — Call to finalists to submit their dissertations

November 8 — Deadline for receipt of dissertations

January 31 — Selection of award recipient

To apply for the Award, the candidates are requested to follow the following process: 

  • A typed summary of the dissertation, not to exceed 5,000 words, including tables and figures, but excluding references, and a 150-word abstract of the research.
    • The summary should include brief descriptions of theoretical background and rationale, purposes of the research, methods (including data analyses), results, and implications of the results.
    • The number of words for the summary and abstract should be clearly indicated. Submissions exceeding the word limit will not be considered.
  • Proof of acceptance of the dissertation by the candidate's university. Evidence of acceptance can include an official transcript from the university, the dissertation committee's signed acceptance form or a copy of the university diploma. Questions regarding proof of acceptance may be sent to TOEFLGrantsandAwards@ets.org.
  • A completed application form (PDF).
  • A completed, signed letter from the dissertation advisor or director, using the template form (Word).

Note: Materials should be submitted electronically to TOEFLGrantsandAwards@ets.org.

For further information, you can contact TOEFLGrantsandAwards@ets.org.

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