What is the 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 Storyby 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

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 member of the TDSIG
  • be questioning about your teaching and willing to learn
  • be good at articulating your thoughts and arranging them in written form and able to meet deadlines
  • agree, if you win the scholarship, to write three short articles after the conference for possible publication in the TD SIG newsletter, on the TDSIG website, Facebook page or other TDSIG approved media, recording your development as a teacher. You are asked particularly to focus on  how your experiences at the conference have furthered your development, and you will work with a member of the TDSIG commitee to support you through this process.

How can I apply?

To be considered you must submit an article of between 400 and 500 words. You should:

  • describe briefly your teaching context(s)
  • outline the developmental high points so far in your career
  • indicate how attending the conference would further your development

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. Please click here for more information and to apply.

Who has won the scholarship before?

Please check out some of our past winners here.