TESOL Arabia PD Course Grants

This grant is available to TESOL Arabia members who want to enroll in a professional development course of study.

To apply for a Professional Development Course Grant, please scroll down.

TESOL Arabia PD Course Grant (TAPDCG) Guidelines

1. Overview

At the 2001 Annual General Meeting, TESOL Arabia voted to begin the Professional Development Course (PDC) Grant. This grant provides limited financial support for individual eligible TESOL Arabia members to enroll in study and research courses relevant to TESOL Arabia. The grant is administered by the Professional Development

Course Gant Committee which is composed of the Member at Large, who acts as the Committee Chair, one other member of the TESOL Arabia Executive Council, and three ordinary members of TESOL Arabia in good standing appointed at the discretion of the Chair. This Committee will field all applications.

2. Types of Courses for which funds may be requested

The types of courses to be supported can include but are not limited to:

i. Active participation in special purpose training courses,

ii. Certificate courses, such as local, online and distance learning courses,

iii. TESOL Arabia development courses,

iv. Courses/modules leading to a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree or a

Doctorate or their equivalents.

3. Current Limitations and Constraints

Given funding limitations, the following constraints are necessary:

i. Financial support available through the PDC Grant will in many cases be modest and partial in terms of the full costs of the proposed activity. TESOL Arabia expects that the applicants will apply for other funds and use some of their own resources. This enables the allocated resources to benefit more members.

ii. There is no absolute entitlement to money in any given year and when the funds are depleted no further applications will be accepted.

iii. Applicants may only be funded for one PDC Grant per budget year. The budget year runs from 1st October to 30th September.

iv. No PDC Grant shall exceed 2,500AED per year.

4. Eligibility

All current active members of TESOL Arabia who have been a member of TESOL Arabia for at least one full calendar year are eligible to apply for funding. Current members of TESOL Arabia who have been members for less than one full calendar year are not eligible to apply for funding.

5. Applying for a Professional Development Course Grant

i. Applicants are requested to complete the online application in full. This will automatically be sent to the Chair of the PDC Grant Committee when it is submitted.

ii. Documentation supporting your service to TESOL Arabia should be sent as an email attachment to pdgrants@tesolarabia.org on the same day as you submit your application online. Supporting documentation is required if your service to TESOL Arabia includes possibly undocumented assistance at Chapter or SIG activities, in which case you should submit a recommendation stating your service to TESOL Arabia at these events from the appropriate Chapter Rep or SIG Chair.

iii. Applications should only be submitted in the budget year in which the course of study will be completed. The budget year runs from 1st October to 30th September.

iv. Incomplete documentation will not be considered.

v. There is no deadline for applications. They will be accepted and voted on at the time received.

6. Criteria for Awarding the Professional Development Course Grant

Funding is evaluated and awards made based on the following factors:

i. whether the applicant has previously received money from TESOL Arabia in the form of a PDC Grant, a Travel Grant In or a Travel Grant Out,

ii. the relevance of the course for which money is requested to TESOL Arabia,

iii. the applicant’s service to TESOL Arabia.

In all cases, decisions made by the Committee are final and no correspondence regarding decisions reached will be entered into.

7. Responsibilities of the Grantee

Before payment of the PDC Grant can be made, the following conditions must be met.

The grantee must:

i. provide proof of registration, acceptance, and payment in the course of study. This would normally be in the form of original receipts.

ii. prove successful course completion. This would normally be in the form of a photocopy of the course certificate.

iii. feedback to TESOL Arabia the knowledge gained from the course of study and its application to teaching English to speakers of other languages by either:

a. submitting a report for Perspective, under the following guidelines

– word length: minimum 500; maximum 600

– mention of the course name and where and when it was done

– thank TESOL Arabia’s PDC grant programme

b. presenting a session for one of the TESOL Arabia Chapter or SIG events

c. presenting a session at the TESOL Arabia Annual Conference

d. completing another activity agreed with the PDC Grant Committee.

All receipts, photocopies of certificates, and the written report for Perspectives or proof of a presentation should be sent before the end of the budget year to:

TESOL Arabia Grants Committee Chair at: pdgrants@tesolarabia.org


International Travel Grants

This grant is available to TESOL Arabia members who want to attend a conference outside the UAE (e.g. TESOL International).

Research Grants

This grant is available to TESOL Arabia members who want to conduct research into issues or problems pertinent to the TESOL Arabia membership and generate new knowledge about English teaching and learning in the Arabian Gulf.

 Travel-In Grants


This grant is available to TESOL Arabia members who are accepted to present at the TESOL Arabia annual conference and live outside the UAE. The online application form for TACON 2016 will open on December 15th, 2015.

Affiliate Conference Grants

TESOL Arabia has recently become affiliated with several regional organizations to further our goal of providing our members with the best professional development opportunities.

TESOL International Membership Grants

Each year, TESOL Arabia receives seven complimentary memberships from TESOL International to first-time applicants who are not members of TESOL International as part of the affiliation agreement between TESOL Arabia and TESOL International.

PD Course Grants Online Application

If you have trouble with the online grant application forms, please contact the webmaster at webmaster@tesolarabia.org.