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The AALA Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2023


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


In this round, applications for the 2023 award are invited.

​Award Value

  • USD500 (this amount will contribute to the recipient's traveling cost for attending AALA 2024)

  • Waiver of AALA 2024 conference registration/banquet and free accommodation

​The winner(s) of the award will be required to give a presentation on the dissertation at the 10th Annual International Conference of AALA (dates and location to be announced).


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 to be considered for the awards. Dissertations accepted between June 16, 2020 and June 15, 2023 are eligible for the 2023 award.

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

Note: Candidates who have submitted abstracts for this award in previous years and recipients of equivalent awards from other organizations will not be considered.

Important Dates

July 15: Deadline for receipt of abstract, letter from advisor and official proof of dissertation acceptance

August 4: Call for submission of dissertations from the finalists

August 18: Deadline for receipt of dissertations

October 15: Selection of award recipient


Application Process

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A summary of the dissertation (2,500-3,000 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:

A short dissertation abstract of the winner will be posted on the AALA website.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals are evaluated according to the following 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

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