Language Proficiency

Many awards do not require applicants to have proficiency in a language other than English. Others require proficiency for teaching and/or research, while some suggest it may be useful.

Consult the award description in the Catalog of Awards for guidance regarding language proficiency. 

There are two parts to this evaluation:

  • Self-evaluation: You complete this as part of the online application. For applications where proficiency in multiple languages may be necessary, the application will allow for up to 3 languages to be included in the self-evaluation.
  • External evaluation: This evaluation is completed by an appropriate foreign language evaluator and is submitted via the online application. This person should be an instructor in the language or is otherwise qualified to evaluate language proficiency. For applications where proficiency in multiple languages may be necessary, the application will allow for up to 2 external language evaluations to be submitted.

Should you complete the evaluation(s)?

If language proficiency is required for the proposed grant activity(ies) and/or is required by the award description:

  • You must complete the self-evaluation, and
  • You must complete the external language evaluation requirement

If language proficiency is not required for the proposed grant activity(ies):

  • You may complete the self-evaluation, and
  • You may complete the external language evaluation requirement

If you are a native speaker of the language: 

  • You may complete the self-evaluation, and
  • You should not complete the external language evaluation requirement
2/1/2019