The AALA Outstanding Dissertation Award 

To indicate AALA’s recognition of Asia-based outstanding doctoral dissertation research that makes a significant contribution to the field of language assessment.


Award Value

  • USD500 (this amount will contribute to the recipient's traveling cost for attending AALA 2020)

  • free accommodation, waiver of conference/banquet

The winner of the award will be required to give a presentation on the dissertation at the conference



To be considered for the award:

  • Applicants should have successfully completed their doctoral dissertations, which include PhD, Ed.D., and other professional doctorates, in language assessment in a tertiary-level institution in Asia.

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

  • The dissertation under consideration must be in English, though the research may be related to testing of any language.


Note: Recipients of equivalent awards from other organizations will not be considered.


Important Dates

  • May 31 — Deadline for receipt of abstract, letter from advisor and official proof of dissertation acceptance

  • June 15 — Call for submission of dissertations from the finalists

  • June 30 — Deadline for receipt of dissertations

  • Aug. 30 — Selection of award recipient



Application Process

Applicants must submit the following:

  • An abstract of 800-1000 words

  • Proof of acceptance of the dissertation by the candidate's university

  • A completed application form (form: docx / PDF)

  • A completed, signed letter from the dissertation advisor or director, using the template form (form: docx)

Note: The application form should be printed and filled out, then scanned and submitted electronically to


Evaluation Criteria

Proposals are evaluated according to these criteria:

  • Scholarly or professional significance to the field of language assessment

  • Relevance to promoting language assessment in Asia

  • Originality and creativity

  • Technical quality

  • Quality of presentation


Note: The Executive Board of AALA reserves the right to decline selection of a recipient should there be no suitable applicants.


Applications should be sent to the AALA Awards Committee via the following email:

Award Winners