TOEFL Scholarship 2021

Updated by: Nidhi bahl on July 26, 2021, 3:35 p.m.

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TOEFL Scholarships

The TOEFL Board and ETS offer a total of 14 scholarships every year for individuals working in foreign or second language research, teaching or assessment as well as those pursuing international higher education.

TOEFL is an internationally-recognised English language proficiency test accepted by higher education institutions across the world inlcuding McKendree University; City, University of London; Chester University; Suffolk University; Auburn University; and more. Held at over 9,000 locations worldwide, a large number of applicants apply for TOEFL scholarships that are aimed at reducing the financial burden of studying abroad. 

TOEFL test-takers applying for grants or awards should make sure that they apply only from one country or else their application would not be considered. All scholarships have a different set of eligibility criteria, which a candidate should beware of, before applying.

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TOEFL Grants and Awards

Small Grants for Doctoral Research in Second or Foreign Language Assessment

These are small cash prizes awarded to promising doctoral students working in foreign or second language assessment that help them complete their dissertations on time.


Only those who meet the following criteria can apply for the award:

  • Candidates should ensure that they are a graduate or postgraduate student, enrolled in a doctoral programme.

  • The doctoral programme should lead to a degree with a specialisation in second or foreign language assessment.

  • Candidates must have completed all exams and course requirements to attain the degree.

  • They must have a dissertation proposal approved by the appropriate committee at the applicant’s university.

Award Value

  • Up to USD 2,000.

  • Up to 10 awards every year; 1 award per student

Important Dates

  • Deadline for applications - October 1

  • Notification sent to award recipients - December 15

Application Process

Candidates must submit the following:

  • A 250-500 word abstract of the proposal.

  • A letter stating the relevance of the dissertation and mentioning the purposes for which the grant will be used.

  • A copy of the proposal for the approved dissertation.

  • A letter of recommendation.

  • A budget in detail, mentioning how the requested funds will be used.

  • A completed application in PDF format.

Evaluation Criteria

Candidates will be selected on the basis of the relevance of the dissertation and the specific purpose for which they require financial support.

TOEFL Young Students Series (YSS) Research Grants

TOEFL Young Students Series Research Program: Research Grants for Graduate Students — 2021 Call for Proposals

ETS has announced a award for graduate students to support their research related to TOEFL YSS assessments along with foundational research. The same promote high-quality language assessment related to young English learners between 8 and 16 years of age. Topics for the proposals are mentioned at the official website of ETS.

Award Value

  • Up to USD 5,000.


  • Must be a graduate student enrolled in master’s and doctoral programmes in foreign institutions in the areas of language education, language testing, applied linguistics, language education or any other related field.

  • Priority will be given to students TOEFL YSS-related research or foundational research with relation to young students of English as a Foreign Language (EFL).

  • Candidates must submit at least one progress report and a minimum of 1 manuscript of publishable quality.

  • They must also submit an intent form by the last date, as notified.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission of intent forms - April 15

  • Deadline for submission of full forms - July 15

  • Responses to the mailed proposals - October 31

  • Start date for funded projects - March 1

Evaluation Criteria

The proposal will be assessed according to the following parameters:

  • It is relevant to the research topics.

  • The rationale for holding the research is sufficient.

  • The research questions are stated clearly.

  • Literature review or background is appropriate and adequate.

  • Procedures used to collect data are explained clearly.

  • The investigator has the necessary background and qualifications to conduct the study.

  • Methods used for data analysis are detailed sufficiently and appropriately.

TOEFL Awards (by Application)

Jacqueline Ross TOEFL Dissertation Award

To grant scholarship to recognise dissertation research that contributes to knowledge about second or foreign-language tests and testing the use and development of such tests and testing.

Award Value

  • USD 2,500.

  • Other expenses such as round-trip economy air tickets, hotel accommodations for three nights at the venue where the award will be presented, etc.


  • The institution of the candidate must have approved the dissertation within three years before the award application date.

  • The research must be completed according to the requirements for a doctoral degree or its equivalent at an accredited university.

  • The research may be in any language although the dissertation under consideration must be in English.

Important Dates

  • September 15 - Last date for receipt of summary and abstract, official proof of acceptance of dissertation and official proof.

  • October 20 - Call to finalists to submit their dissertations.

  • November 8 - Last date for receipt of dissertations.

  • January 31 - Selection of award recipient.

Application Process

To apply for the scholarship, one must submit the following:

  • A summary of the dissertation that should not exceed 5,000 words, including figures and tables along with a 150-word abstract of the research, but excluding references.

  • A proof of acceptance of the dissertation by the university at which the candidate is enrolled.

  • A completed application form (PDF).

  • A completed and signed letter from the advisor or director for the dissertation.

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TOEFL Awards (by Nomination)

Samuel J. Messick Memorial Lecture Award

Awarded in honour of the late Samuel J. Messick, the award is designed to identify a candidate who delivers a major address at the Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) and the International Language Testing Association (ILTA). The presentation will be conducted with an aim to improve foreign or second language testing practices.

Award Value

  • USD 1,000

  • Other expenses such as round-trip economy air tickets, hotel accommodations for three nights at the venue where the award will be presented, etc.

Important Dates

9 months before the conference

Application Process

Those who want to nominate candidates may forward their suggestions along with other details to the address mentioned by ETS

Evaluation Criteria

Candidates will be selected on the basis on the following parameters:

  • An associated topic and a presenter that gives direction and innovations in foreign or second language test design, interpretation or use.

  • An emphasis is given to important operational or conceptual insights provided through examination.

TOEFL Award (Applications Reviewed by TESOL)

TOEFL Award for International Participation at TESOL

This award is to increase international participation of a candidate at the annual international TESOL Convention and to offer support for first-time presenters.

Award Value

  • Up to 4 grants

  • Up to USD 2,500


  • Candidates should be a TESOL member who is from a country outside of Canada and the US.

  • They should be a first-time presenter at the International TESOL Convention.

  • They should also have had a proposal accepted to present at the Convention.

Important Dates

On the date of the TESOL Convention's Call for Participation

Application Process

  • To be submitted through the TESOL Call for Participation.

  • Indicate status as the first-time presenter using the box on the TESOL proposal form.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Significance of the topic.

  • Relevance and impact of the proposal on the field.

  • Contribution of the proposal to the field of teaching EFL/ESL.

  • Creativity or originality of concept.

FAQs about TOEFL Scholarships

1. Do interntional organisations, universities and countries offer TOEFL scholarships available?

Yes, a lot of international organisations, countries and universities offer scholarships to students based on TOEFL scores.

2. Does ETS offer TOEFL scholarships?

Yes, ETS, the conducting body of TOEFL offers a number of scholarships on the basis of TOEFL scores.

3. Are TOEFL scholarships available for Indian students?

Yes, ETS along with many universities and organisations offer numerous TOEFL scholarships to Indian students. Students must check the official websites of the universities, organisations and ETS to have a better idea of the same.

4. What is a good TOEFL score for scholarships?

A TOEFL score above 84 is usually considered a good score that makes one eligible for several TOEFL scholarships.

5. What is the award value of TOEFL scholarships awarded by ETS?

The award value of TOEFL sholarships granted by ETS range between USD 1,000 and USD 5,000.

6. Are TOEFL scholarships available for doctoral applicants?

Yes, ETS offers a TOEFL scholarship to doctoral applicants.

7. Is a 600 on TOEFL a good score?

Yes, a score above 570 in TOEFL PBT is considered a good score.

8. How do I get a fee waiver based on TOEFL scores?

Check out if your preferred university offers TOEFL scholarships or find out if you are eligible for TOEFL scholarships by ETS or other organisations. If you are eligible, follow the instructions detailed by institution, country or ETS itself.

9. Are TOEFL scholarships available for graduate applicants?

Yes, TOEFL scholarships are available for graduate applicants and can be offered by universities, ETS, and more.

10. Do US universities offer TOEFL scholarships?

Yes, several universities in the US offer TOEFL scholarships. It is advised that students go through the scholarships details before applying.

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