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The AALA Outstanding Dissertation Awards for 2021 and 2022


​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 2021 and 2022 awards are invited.

​Award Value

  • USD500 (this amount will contribute to the recipient's traveling cost for attending AALA 2022)

  • Waiver of AALA 2022 conference registration/banquet and free accommodation

​The winner(s) of the award(s) will be required to give a presentation on the dissertation at the 8th Annual International Conference of AALA to be held in India (October 26-28, 2022).


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, 2018 and June 15, 2021 are eligible for the 2021 award, while those accepted between June 16, 2019 and June 15, 2022 are eligible for the 2022 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

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

June 30: Call for submission of dissertations from the finalists

July 15: Deadline for receipt of dissertations

September 15: Selection of award recipient


Application Process

Applicants must submit the following:

  • An abstract of the dissertation (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:

The dissertation abstract(s) of the winner(s) 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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