Spaan Grants

Spaan Research Grant Program

The Spaan Research Grant Program was established to recognize Mary Spaan’s contributions to the field of language assessment through her more than three decades of work at the University of Michigan. Grants cover the cost of data collection and analyses for those wishing to carry out research projects related to second or foreign language assessment and evaluation. Project reports are published in the CaMLA Working Papers.

2019 Spaan Grants

More information about 2019 Spaan Grants will be available in September 2018.


Applications are welcome from anyone with a research and development background related to second or foreign language assessment and evaluation. Spaan grant recipients are likely to be international second or foreign language assessment specialists or teachers who carry out test development or prepare testing-related research articles and dissertations; and doctoral or masters graduate students who are studying linguistics, foreign language assessment, education, psychology, psychometrics, or related fields.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be judged according to quality and clarity of abstract, relationship and significance of project within current scholarship in the field, concentration on second or foreign language assessment, likelihood that project will be completed in one year, likelihood that project will result in a publishable paper, and evidence of ability to work independently.

Funding Conditions

Successful applicants must sign a research agreement before funding commences. The research agreement confirms the funding arrangements, the security of data and materials, and the terms and conditions governing the publication of the results of the research. Grant recipients will be asked for two status updates in May and September. They must also prepare a final report of their project by the stipulated deadline for inclusion in the CaMLA Working Papers.