The TIRF Kathleen M. Bailey Teacher-Research Award (hereafter, the “TIRF Bailey Award”) is meant to recognize Dr. Bailey’s research, her lifelong commitment to teaching, and her desire to support and encourage research carried out by practicing English language teachers, as well as to honor her service to TIRF. The award is designed to encourage, support, and recognize research conducted by teachers. It also serves as a vehicle for the creation of new knowledge about language teaching and learning as well as the development of research skills for both new and experienced teachers.

Recipients of the TIRF Bailey Award will receive $1,000 and will have an opportunity to receive mentoring services from the Foundation. Monies may be spent on actual costs for carrying out the research or on expenses for professional development, such as registration fees for a conference, hotel accommodations, and transportation. Joint proposals from a team of two or more teachers are allowed; if selected for award, the funding will be shared among the recipients.

To be eligible for the TIRF Bailey Award, applicants must be practicing teachers of English as a second/foreign/additional language, and may include dual language immersion teachers in two-way programs with English learners. The award is open to teachers of English worldwide. Teachers can be working with learners of any age, language background, nationality, or proficiency level in either academic and non-academic programs. In addition, TIRF welcomes proposals from teachers at all levels of instruction who have varying degrees of teaching experience. There are no restrictions on citizenship.

To download the call for proposals and to learn more about other eligibility concerns, encouraged research topics, characteristics of successful proposals, and more, please click here. The proposal deadline is Thursday, June 20, 2024.