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CELPIP-General Doctoral Studies Research Grants

The Purpose

The purpose of the CELPIP-General Doctoral Studies Research Grant is to support Ph.D student research in areas related to measurement and language assessment while, at the same time, learning from award recipients about new developments and approaches to measurement or language assessment.

Paragon is more interested in proposals that break new ground and involve some clearly articulated risks than projects that adopt less risky, but more conventional research approaches.

Who can Apply?

Ph.D students who have completed all course work and comprehensive examinations may apply for a CELPIP-General Doctoral Studies Research Grant. Grant applicants must include the written support of their dissertation supervisor as part of the application. Preference will be given to applicants studying at Canadian universities and Canadian citizens studying at universities abroad.

Financial Support Offered

CELPIP-General Doctoral Studies Research Grants can fund research projects up to a maximum of C$2,500 with projects funded in the range from $1,000 to $2,500. Projects that involve substantive travel costs or the purchase of expensive equipment will not be considered. The disbursement of CELPIP-General Doctoral Studies Research Grants will be incremental with each disbursement depending on the achievement of a project benchmark.

How to Apply?

The grant applicants must provide a research proposal of no more than 2000 words (not including references). The proposal must include the following:

  1. A clear statement of the purpose of the research.
  2. A clear statement of the rationale for the research project and the circumstances that contribute to its relevance.
  3. One or two research questions.
  4. A clear and detailed methodology.
  5. A clear and detailed timeline.
  6. A clear and detailed budget.
  7. A clear statement about how the research is relevant to the CELPIP-General Test.
  8. Two brief statements of support from academic mentors that confirm the applicant’s completion of academic coursework and vouch for the applicant’s ability to conduct independent research. One statement must be from the applicant’s dissertation supervisor.

Proposals should be emailed to


Prior to the commencement of research work, the grant recipient will provide the following:

  1. An award contract written by Paragon and signed by the researcher.
  2. Ethics clearance from the researcher’s institution.

At a pre-determined date or benchmark of the research project, the award recipient will provide a brief interim report of about 1000 words that states the current status of research work and a brief account of costs incurred.

Upon completion of the research project, the award recipient will provide:

  1. A manuscript describing purpose, methods, and outcomes that is suited for publication in a peer reviewed journal.
  2. A 2-3 page summary that is comprehensible to a broad range of stakeholders involved with the CELPIP-General Test.
  3. A complete summary of expenses.

Access to CELPIP-General Test Content

Award recipients will have access to CELPIP-General Test content from either operational or retired test forms.  Where necessary, but at Paragon’s discretion, access to rating scales, scoring systems, rater training materials, rater performance data, anonymized demographic data, and item parameter data may also be made available.

All award recipients will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement as part of the award agreement, and all CELPIP-General test data will be maintained and secured to the highest of professional standards.

Adjudication Procedures

Research proposals will be considered and evaluated by a panel of experts including senior Paragon experts and, where necessary, external experts.

Evaluation Criteria

The following factors will be taken into consideration when evaluating proposals:

  1. Is the award applicant strongly supported by his or her supervisor and one other academic mentor?
  2. Is the purpose of the proposal clear?
  3. Is the relevance of the proposal to the CELPIP-General Test clear?
  4. Are the research questions sufficiently precise, clear, and related to the proposed methodology?
  5. Is the rationale for the project clearly stated?
  6. Does the project break new ground or challenge common assumptions?
  7. Will the project contribute to the development of language assessment or measurement expertise in Canada?
  8. Are the methods clearly stated, feasible, and cost-effective?
  9. Is the proposal ethically sound?
  10. Is the proposal clearly budgeted and cost-effective?
  11. Is there the potential for knowledge exchange between the researcher and Paragon?
  12. Is the project likely to result in a peer-reviewed publication?


  • Proposals must be submitted by January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, October 1st of each year.
  • Funding decisions will be completed by 45 days after each application deadline.
  • Contracts will be signed and research will commence within 30 days of the funding decision announcement.
  • Projects will be completed with 12 months of the funding decision announcement.


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