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General Guidelines for Scholarships

IATEFL is providing an increasing number of different scholarships for English language teaching professionals. So you need to read carefully both these general guidelines and the specific conditions for each scholarship you wish to apply for. We're sorry but if you don't keep to the conditions and deadlines your scholarship applications cannot be considered. Our scholarship deadline iwas 1st September 2010. But please note that:

  • BESIG Conference Scholarships have a July deadline and are for attendance at the BESIG conference in the autumn. They are not for the main conference. (The BESIG Facilitators Scholarship is for attendance at the main conference and has a deadline of 1st September 2010.)
  • Consultants-E Online IATEFL Scholarship also has different deadlines and you can win a course not a conference attendance
  • John Haycraft Classroom Exploration Scholarship has a different deadline, June 7th 2010 for the Brighton Conference 2011
  • for this year only the Cambridge ESOL scholarships' submission deadline will be 25th October 2010 (for the conference in Brighton 2011)
  • you cannot win the same scholarship twice
  • and if you have won a scholarship already, you cannot apply for another award until 3 conferences have passed

If you are applying for more than one scholarship, you only need to send one photograph. If you are a winner, this photograph will be printed in the conference brochure and on the scholars' poster. So, while we ask for a passport-sized photo, it shouldn't be passport-glum.

Many scholarships now include as part of the award a year's IATEFL membership. If you are already a member and you win one of these awards, the payment will cover your next year's membership.

All applicants for each scholarship will be informed by email of the result of the selection procedure at the stated date. So, stand by for the news and if you are a winner, let us know immediately whether or not you will accept the award.

If you are a winner, we will discuss details of how the award is to be paid once you have confirmed your acceptance. Most of the award is paid at conference but a proportion can be paid in advance to help with your travel costs.

Read reports from previous winners  

To apply for a scholarship (or more than one scholarship) follow the link below.

 Scholarship Application 

Please have available a current CV and passport photo, ready to upload.  You should read the details of all the scholarships, listed below, before you start your application to ensure that you apply for those that are appropriate - each scholarship has particular criteria. Please scroll down for details of all the individual scholarships then go back to apply.  You are able to apply for more than one scholarship with one application, just follow the instructions.  Each scholarship requires a specific statement.  Please note if you are a non IATEFL member and you are applying for a scholarship which requires a speaker proposal for our conference please complete the form which will be attached here for next year's applicatants, and email it to Alison Medland.

Scholarship Overview

All scholarships are now closed for the IATEFL Harrogate 2014 Conference and Exhibition. For more information on the scholarship process please see the 'General Guidelines' section below.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship to attend the IATEFL Manchester 2015 Conference and Exhibition please keep an eye out for new scholarships from April 2014. 


General Guidelines for all Scholarships

Careful reading is the key.  Every year the number of scholarships grows and the different sponsors set different parameters for making their awards.  So please check the following points in the website description of each scholarship before applying.

In each scholarship you will find the following sections which need to be noted:

‘The award consists of’ – this section tells you what you could win. Some scholarships are very generous and would cover all the costs of attending a conference. Other scholarships are more modest and would help you with your costs but you would need to have some further funding of your own to be able to afford to come. Scholarship awards are as stated on the website and cannot be increased.

‘To qualify you must’ – these are the rules for a particular scholarship. If you don’t meet the qualifications your application will not be considered. Examples of rules are ’you must be a newcomer with between three and ten years’ experience in ELT’, you must be a native of and normally resident in an African country’, ‘you must be an individual member of IATEFL’. Each scholarship has different qualifications, so please read carefully.

‘To be considered, you must submit’ – this section lists what you must complete electronically by the stated deadline. You should use the application form which you will access through the ‘Apply for a Scholarship’ Button.  You will be asked to upload a photo for inclusion in the programme and on the poster if you win, please see the photo requirements below.

Photo requirements

  • you should send ONE photo no matter how many scholarships you apply for
  • photos should show a close-up of your full head and shoulders. It must be only of you with no other objects or people
  • in colour (no black and white images please)
  • taken against a light background (white/cream/light grey) for clarity if published
  • taken recently
  • clear and in focus

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

The deadline for all applications is stated at the bottom of the scholarship details, late applications cannot be considered. (If the scholarship requires a conference presentation, you must include your speaker proposal with your application). Existing IATEFL members must register as a speaker and submit a proposal through the Harrogate conference page and non-members should use the facility on the scholarship application.

You cannot win the same scholarship twice.

If you have won a scholarship, you cannot apply for any other scholarship until three conferences have gone by.

If you are already an IATEFL member and the scholarship you win includes an IATEFL membership, that will cover your next year’s membership.

All applicants, whether winners or not, will be informed by email of the awards made. For scholarships where the deadline iss 22nd August, this will be around the end of September 2013 and where the deadline is the 31st October, this will be around the end of November 2013. Look out for the email and reply at once to confirm your acceptance of a scholarship if one is offered to you.

Each scholarship is decided by a different panel of judges whose decisions are final.

If you have further queries,  please contact the Deputy Conference Organiser on or contact the co-ordinator of the Scholarship Working Party.

A list of scholarships available can be accessed via this link or the link on the right hand side of the webpage.

Thank you for your interest, however, all scholarships are now closed until April/May 2014.

Apply for a Scholarship