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2018 AALA (Asian Association for Language Assessment) Outstanding Dissertation Award

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2018 AALA (Asian Association for Language Assessment) Outstanding Dissertation Award
Application details for the award are now available on the AALA website at:

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 2018)
  • 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 15 — Deadline for receipt of abstract, letter from advisor and official proof of dissertation acceptance
  • May 30 — Call for submission of dissertations from the finalists
  • June 15 — 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
  • A completed, signed letter from the dissertation advisor or director, using the template form

    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:

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