We offer two different scholarships that both contribute to one winner’s opportunity to attend our Pre-Conference Event and the annual IATEFL Conference! 

TDSIG Michael Berman Scholarship

This scholarship funded by the IATEFL Teacher Development Special Interest Group, is in memory of Michael Berman, an ELT writer, presenter and storyteller, who regularly contributed his stories and teaching ideas to TDSIG Newsletter until his premature death in 2013. It is for a teacher to attend the IATEFL Annual Conference and to have the opportunity to be published in the TDSIG Newsletter and its other online platforms. It will be awarded to someone who is interested in exploring her / his own development and is able to write about this engagingly so that others can share in and benefit from these insights.

You have to be a member of IATEFL TDSIG to apply for this scholarship but you do not have to give a conference presentation.

Michael Berman’s published work includes The Power of Metaphor by Crown House, The Nature of Shamanism and the Shamanic Story by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, as well as Shamanic Journeys through the Caucasus and Shamanic Journeys  Shamanic Stories by O-Books. Journeys outside Time can be obtained from Pendraig Publishing, and Tales of Power from Lear Books, A Bridge to the Other Side: Death in the Folk Tradition and Georgia through Earth, Fire, Air and Water were published by Moon Books in 2012, and Sacred Mountains by  Mandrake in 2013. ELT publications include A Multiple Intelligences Road to an ELT Classroom, In a Faraway Land (a resource book for teachers on storytelling), On Business and for Pleasure (a self-study workbook), and English Language Teaching Matters, written with Mojca Belak and Wayne Rimmer. For more information please visit www.Thestoryteller.org.uk

What does the scholarship winner receive?

The award consists of:

  • registration for the TDSIG Pre-Conference Event
  • registration for the IATEFL Annual Conference
  • GBP 1000.00 for conference-related expenses

Do I qualify?

To qualify you must:

  • be a paid IATEFL individual member
  • be a member of TDSIG
  • be questioning about your teaching and willing to learn
  • be good at articulating your thoughts
  • agree, if you win the scholarship,
    • to be interviewed in advance of the conference to introduce yourself and your teaching context and at or after the conference to describe your experience and takeaways as a participant
    • to create a video narrative/story about a significant teacher development moment in your career
    • to produce a written reflective piece after the conference, in which you should focus on how your experiences at the conference have furthered your development

All three pieces may be used by TDSIG for various uses in promotional material.

How can I apply?

To be considered you must submit:

  • a summary of between 400 and 500 words, where you should clearly:
    1. describe briefly your teaching context(s)
    2. outline the developmental high points so far in your career
    3. indicate how attending the conference would further your development
  • a short video (maximum 5 minutes), which previews what you would likely discuss in 2) above. Since the application form does not allow for the uploading of media, you will need to share your statement with us by including a link to it within your 400-500 word summary.

You should include a passport size photo (for the conference programme and on the scholarship poster if you win – remember to smile! Usually the June or July before the annual IATEFL conference, members can apply for a multitude of scholarships, including ours, through the IATEFL website.

APPLY for this scholarship directly here. NOTE: There will be no new applications 2021 as the IATEFL 2020 conference was deferred and its winner also deferred.

Who has won the scholarship before?

Here is Irene in her own words:

I’ve been an EFL teacher for over twenty-five years.  In 2012 I was appointed DoS in a local private school in Montevideo, Uruguay. 

I completed my Trinity Cert TESOL and continued specializing in School Management as well as holding a Certificate in Emotional Intelligence.  I am passionate about educational technology so I studied for the ICT Certificate through OEI (Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos). 

I’m interested in Flipped Learning and PBL using them both in my lessons and motivating teachers to do so. I have been giving workshops for the EFL teachers in the school since 2013.

I have also been involved in volunteer teaching and training with young people through different international programmes such as Everything´s Possible (UK) and Adobe Youth Voices.

I am currently pursuing my MA in Education via Universidad de Itaca in Mexico.

Please check out some of our past winners:


TDSIG Early Career Teacher Scholarship

Teacher development can come fast and steep in the first years of our professional careers. This scholarship, funded by the IATEFL Teacher Development Special Interest Group, acknowledges this teacher development slope, experienced by a recent graduate of a pre-service teacher training program and who is now early in their career.  We aim to reward the dedication towards and effort on teaching training program coursework as well as the passion and zeal exhibited in how theory was applied practically in the classroom, and for their own and their peers’ professional development within the field of ELT.

The award consists of:

  • IATEFL TDSIG Membership (as full individual IATEFL membership or additional SIG)
  • registration for the TDSIG Pre-Conference Event 
  • registration for the IATEFL Annual Conference
  • 1000.00GBP towards conference-related expenses

To qualify you must:

  • Have recently graduated from a pre-service teacher training program that is accredited by a respected and recognized accreditation body, as viewed by the IATEFL TDSIG scholarship committee
  • Have fewer than 2 years teaching experience
  • Be a first-time IATEFL Conference attendee (not an Associate conference)
  • Agree to do these things:
    • to be interviewed in advance of the conference to introduce yourself and your teaching/studying context, as well as at and after it to describe your experiences and takeaways as a participant
    • to create a video narrative of one minute length about your experiences as a new teacher – challenges, successes and ongoing areas of interest or curiosity
    • to produce a written reflective piece after the conference, in which you should focus on how your experiences at the conference have furthered your development – and how you intend on sharing this learning opportunity with your peers in your local teaching context.

To be considered you must submit (in English): 

  1. A description in writing (about 250-300 words) of a critical incident in your teaching and how you reacted to it (e.g. what did you do/change as a result of this experience?)
  2. A description (about 250-300 words) of how your teacher training program equipped you (or did not) to deal with incidents of this type
  3. A written reference from a teacher trainer that demonstrates your efforts put into your training program and that you are passionate about your future career in PDF format on school letterhead.  


The winners will be informed by IATEFL Head Office. Please do NOT contact the IATEFL office or TDSIG about scholarship decisions; the Scholarship Working Party (SWP) will send everyone the results as soon as they are available.

Who has won the scholarship before?

Here is Maria Victoria in her own words:

I’m an ESL teacher, born in Argentina, living in a small town of the Buenos Aires province. I graduated as an ESL teacher in 2019 at Instituto Superior de Formación Docente N°129 where I studied for four years.

I’m interested in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) since it allows me to work with other subject-area and topics through Project-based Learning.

I’m passionate about the importance of empowering students by transversally applying Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) to most of my lessons.

I’m currently teaching at State-run Secondary Schools, in a workshop for adults organized by the local government, as well as at Private School of English William Shakespeare.

When I’m not planning lessons or teaching, I love to spend quality time with my siblings and cats. I enjoy reading old books and painting watercolours. Attending webinars at weekends is my favourite way of keeping up with teaching strategies and topics and learning from other teachers around the world. 

I would like to get a Bachelor’s degree in Education with an orientation towards Foreign Language Teaching.