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CELPIP-General Research Awards for Doctoral Candidates

The Purpose

The purpose of the CELPIP-General Research Awards for Doctoral Candidates is to support outstanding Ph.D students in the fields of measurement and assessment. Applicants are expected to be preparing a dissertation that is relevant to (but not necessarily directly pertaining to) the CELPIP-General Test.

Who can Apply?

Ph.D students who have completed all course work and comprehensive examinations may apply for a CELPIP-General Research Awards for Doctoral Candidates. Award 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 Research Awards for Doctoral Candidates provide a one-time payment of $5000 CAD.

How to Apply?

The award applicants must provide a proposal for scholarly work that will be a substantive part of their dissertation. The proposal must include the following:

  1. A clear statement of purpose.
  2. A clear statement of the rationale for the 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 budget.
  6. A clear statement about how the project is relevant to the CELPIP-General Test.

In addition, the application should include:

  1. Two 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.
  2. A full curriculum vitae.

Proposals should be emailed to

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

Proposals will be considered and evaluated by a panel constituted of scholars from international academic institutions and Paragon’s own research unit.

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. Does the project break new ground or challenge common assumptions?
  6. Will the project contribute to the development of language assessment or measurement expertise in Canada?
  7. Are the methods clearly stated, feasible, and cost-effective?
  8. Is there the potential for knowledge exchange between the researcher and Paragon?


  • Proposals must be submitted by April 1, 2015.
  • Funding decisions will be completed by May 15, 2015.
  • Award agreements will be signed by no later than June 1, 2015.


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