Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Grants

The Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Grant offers financial assistance to Japanese language teachers in grades K-16, especially those new to the field, for the purpose of attending training workshops, seminars, conferences, and other local, national, or international in-service learning experiences. The grant may also be used to collaborate with a mentor teacher. The grant may NOT be used to purchase textbooks.

Teacher training workshops and seminars attended by the applicant should be focused on pedagogy and issues of teaching and learning.

Cheng & Tsui Publishers, the sponsor of the grant, has designated an annual amount of $1,000 to be divided between at least two teachers each year; each recipient will receive a maximum of $500.

Applicants for the Cheng & Tsui Professional Development grants should submit the following to AATJ:

  1. An application describing how they would use the grant;
  2. The amount of subsidy requested and a proposed budget (included on the application form);
  3. A current Curriculum Vitae.

Please click on the following links to download a sample application from a K-12 teacher or a sample application from a college-level teacher.

Applicants must be current members of AATJ. Recipients are also asked to write a brief report after attending the event for which they were awarded money, summarizing their experience and what they learned.

Applications will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers selected by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese and who have no professional or personal connections with applicants.
The application form and CV should be sent via e-mail attachment to by September 10.

AATJ is grateful to Cheng & Tsui Publishers for their support of teacher professional development.