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Scholarship Overview and FAQs

IATEFL Scholarships

Please note: Scholarship applications for our IATEFL Conference 2017 in Glasgow are now closed. Applications for 2018 scholarships should open in April 2017 so please keep checking back.

Please take the time to listen to some of our previous scholarship winners sharing their memories on how receiving a conference scholarship impacted on them.



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.

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 application deadline. You should use the online application form which will be available when applications are open.  You will be asked to upload a photo for inclusion in the programme and in any publicity by IATEFL and the sponsor if you win. Please see the photo requirements below.

Photo requirements

  • you will only be asked for 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 for clarity if published
  • taken recently
  • clear and in focus
  • remember to smile

If you have further queries, please contact Deputy Conference Organiser, Sarah Ward.


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline for a scholarship?

(using the apply button below)

The application deadline for the 2017 conference scholarships was 21st July 2016. Applications for 2018 scholarships should open in June 2017.

How many scholarships can I apply for?

It is best to put in one or two carefully written scholarship applications but you are allowed to apply for any scholarship for which you meet the entry qualifications.  You can only submit ONE speaker proposal.

Do I have to be an IATEFL member to get a scholarship?

For some scholarships you must be a member; other scholarships are open to any ELT professional. Each specific scholarship text gives you the information.

Do I have to give a talk / workshop to get a scholarship?

Some scholarships require a presentation; some don't. Each specific scholarship text gives you this information. But if a presentation is required, remember you can only submit ONE speaker proposal so make sure your proposed talk / workshop is relevant to the scholarship(s) you apply for. A link is available on our 'How to Apply' webpage for members.  For non-members the speaker fields will appear within the scholarship application form.

How often can I win a scholarship?

Once every 4 years but winning more than once would be very unlikely.

Can I win the same scholarship twice?

No, you can't.

When will I get the results?

Winners will be notified around 26th August 2016.  Remember to check your emails as you need to confirm your acceptance at once if you are offered a scholarship.  Applicants who have not been successful will be informed by the 5th September 2016.  Please do not contact the IATEFL office about the decisions; the Scholarship Working Party will send everyone the results as soon as they are available.

Who decides who the winners are?

Each scholarship is decided by a different panel of experienced judges whose decisions are final.  The Scholarship Working Party is sorry but it cannot issue reasons for the results because there are so many applicants and the workload would be overwhelming.

When and where would I get my scholarship money if I won?

Part of the money may be paid to you in advance to help with your travel costs if necessary (this will be after discussion with IATEFL and scholarship sponsors). The money (or outstanding balance) will be awarded to you at the Scholarship Winners' Gathering on Day One of the conference.

What must I do if I need a visa to travel to the UK?

You must contact Sarah Ward from IATEFL Head Office, details will also be in your winner's letter.