Anneliese Maier Research Award

Information for Independent Peer Reviewers

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation sponsors exceptionally qualified scientists and scholars both individually and ad personam. The Humboldt Foundation's focus on this kind of individualised sponsorship plays an especially important role during the selection process.

If the Humboldt Foundation Selection Committee needs an independent, external expert's opinion on a nomination in addition to the expert reviews submitted on the nominee's behalf, you will be requested to act as an independent peer reviewer. Your review will, of course, be treated confidentially, just as we assume that you will maintain confidentiality with respect to all those involved. We ask you to base your review on the list of questions for independent peer reviewers. Please answer all the questions so that we can do full justice to the nominee in the evaluation process.

The Anneliese Maier Research Award is granted to researchers from the fields of the humanities and social sciences whose scientific achievements have been internationally recognised in their research area and from whose research collaboration with specialist colleagues in Germany a sustainable contribution is expected towards the further internationalisation of the humanities and social sciences in Germany. In addition to researchers who already number among the established leaders in their subject, the award is also aimed at researchers who are not yet so advanced in their scientific careers but who are already internationally established researchers from whom a sustainable shaping of the humanities and social sciences in Germany can be expected through the prospects of long-term collaboration. The award is granted in the expectation that immediate collaborative environment will profit scientifically from the planned collaboration.

Should you not feel appropriately qualified to provide an expert opinion, or be biased or unable to submit your statement in the time foreseen, we should be very grateful if you would provide us with the name and address of a competent colleague and destroy the application documents immediately in a manner compliant with data protection regulations.

We apologise that in the interests of an efficient selection process, we have to request you to complete your independent review promptly (usually in three to four weeks).


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Selection Department
Jean-Paul-Str. 12
53173 Bonn, Germany

Fax: 0228-833 212

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