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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 2024 award are invited.

​Award Value

  • USD500 (this amount will contribute to the recipient's traveling cost for attending AALA 2025)

  • Waiver of AALA 2025 conference registration/banquet and free accommodation.

The winner(s) of the award will be required to give a presentation on the dissertation at the 11th 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 Ph.D., 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, 2021 and June 15, 2024 are eligible for the 2024 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 application documents (see Application Process, below).

July 7: Invitation for shortlisted candidates to submit their dissertations.

July 21: Deadline for receipt of dissertations.

September 15: Selection of award recipient


Application Process

Applicants must submit the following supporting documents by June 15, 2024:

  • A summary of the dissertation (2,500-3,000 words; format: Microsoft Word or PDF)

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

  • Proof of acceptance of the dissertation by the candidate's university  (format: Microsoft Word or PDF)

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

Note: The application form must 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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