ANAHEIM, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- David Nunan, the world's leading textbook author with textbook sales exceeding 1 billion texts has established a travel award to help linguistic graduates worldwide get started in their careers. Dr. David C. Nunan, who is Anaheim University's Vice-President of Academic Affairs, founding Dean of the Graduate School of Education, and the linguist whose name is affixed to Anaheim University's David Nunan Institute for Language Education, created the travel award in 2009 to help support travel and expenses for doctoral students and recent doctoral graduates to present at international conferences. The inaugural recipient of the award was Dr. Citing Li, Assistant Professor at Shanghai Foreign Studies University, who used the award to present a paper at the 2010 American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Each year two awards will be given, each to a maximum value of US$800.00. Applicants must be in a university Ph.D. program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) / Applied Linguistics or a related field, or be early career researchers, who have graduated within the last three years. Applicants must have had a refereed paper accepted for a 2011 international conference presentation. Application information is available on the Anaheim University website.

Dr. David Nunan is a world-renowned linguist and best-selling author of English Language Teaching textbooks for such publishers as Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Cengage Learning. In 2000, David Nunan served as President of TESOL, the world's largest language teaching association, and in 2002 Dr. Nunan received a congressional citation from the United States House of Representatives for his services to English language education through his pioneering work in online education at Anaheim University. Business Review Weekly ranked him the 7th most influential Australian in Asia in 2003, and in 2005 he was named one of the top "50 Australians who Matter."

Anaheim University, who pioneered online education in the mid-nineties, offers an online Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages taught live in real time by five of the world's most renowned linguists. Anaheim University also offers an online TESOL certification program and has plans of launching an online certification program in Teaching English to Young Learners as well as an online doctoral program in TESOL.