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: Once you select the award to which you are applying, the application will state whether the self-evaluation is optional, recommended, or required.  You are then able to complete the online self-evaluation, if required, recommended, or optional, or opt out of the self-evaluation, if optional.  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: Once you select the award to which you are applying, the application will state whether the external evaluation is optional, recommended, or required.  This evaluation is recommended or required, you must register a foreign language evaluator in the “Recommendations & Language Evaluators” section of the online application. This person should be an instructor in the language or 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 recommended or 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
2/20/2020