Innovative Research in International Education Award

The Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community (TLS KC) is delighted to announce Innovative Research in International Education Award. The award is open to scholars and researchers from all backgrounds and academic fields including graduate students, junior faculty, emerging scholars.

(TLS KC) focuses on curriculum internationalization, research that informs practice, and intercultural communication serving faculty, administrators, graduate and postdoctoral students, researchers, intercultural trainers, cross-cultural counselors, and other professionals in international education.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Scholars and researchers from all backgrounds and academic fields including graduate students, junior faculty, emerging scholars, and
  • Scholar-practitioners are encouraged to submit applications.

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To participate in the competition, applicants must submit all required materials (in English) to


  • The co-authored material will be considered.
  • The submitted co-authored material needs to feature the nominee as the first or second author.
  • All documents including research material should be submitted in English.
  • Individuals may apply themselves or be nominated by a peer.
  • Nominees are not required to have membership in NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
  • Allowable materials include the following:
    • Accepted types of publications include articles in peer-reviewed scholarly publications such as journals. Peer review includes an evaluative process of a research publication that is done by a group of experts in the appropriate discipline(s) in order to measure the quality of scholarship under consideration. Book chapters in edited volumes based on scholarly research will also be accepted.
    • Submitted research for award consideration must have been published within the last three years.
    • The published material must be available in English (either originally or in translation) and in electronic form (as either a pdf or a link to an online publication).
    • Submitted research should have the ability to contribute to developing scholarship in or be applicable to the field of international education. The research can be based on a theoretical approach (creating, extending, or modifying theory) or an empirical approach (using actual observation or experimentation or statistical analysis).
  • The following are not eligible for consideration:
    • Individuals who received this award within the previous three years,
    • Members of the selection committee,
    • Research sponsored by institutions and organizations, and
    • Unpublished theses and dissertations.


  • The recipient will receive an Award Certificate.
  • The recipient and their research will be featured on the Award webpage.
  • The recipient will be acknowledged at the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community Update Meeting at the NAFSA Annual Conference in May 2019.
  • An interview with the recipient will be published in NAFSA’s International Educator
  • The recipient will have the opportunity to open the NAFSA Symposium on Research with a keynote presentation on their research in fall 2019.
  • The recipient will have the opportunity to chair a session related to research at the 2020 NAFSA Annual Conference.
  • The recipient will serve as an honorable member of the 2020 Award Selection Committee.

Application Deadline:

The deadline to apply or nominate a colleague is January 25, 2019.

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