Selection Committees of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

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Contact

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

Fax: 0228-833 212
info[at]avh.de

As of May 2019

The central instrument for conferring Humboldt Research Fellowships is an interdisciplinary selection committee.

The members are assigned certain applications, on which they report to the committee. All decisions are discussed and taken jointly by the interdisciplinary committee; the Foundation’s Board of Trustees must approve the committee’s choices for research fellowships.

The selection committee is composed of:

  • specialist members: recognized researchers of various disciplines (= specialist selection committee members)
  • non-specialist members: voting representatives of public and private funders; non-voting representatives of other science (funding) organisations.

This composition ensures the necessary scientific expertise to review the applications, complemented by institutional expertise on strategic-structural aspects.

The total number and the representation of disciplines by experts on the committees is based on the average number and subject representation of the applications received. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s choice of expert committee members forms the basis for recognising and selecting excellence in its sponsorship programmes. The selection of specialist selection committee members is, therefore, a core process at the Foundation that seeks to identify the finest scientific minds. The Selection Department takes great care to regularly include domestic and international researchers on its committees who are new to the Foundation’s broader network in order to remain open to new perspectives and angles.

For each new appointment or replacement, the Foundation consults numerous experts as well as representatives of science organisations to draw up a shortlist. Scientific excellence is a basic prerequisite for a candidate to be considered. Other core prerequisites are:

  • international contacts and experience, as possible extended academic professional activity abroad
  • preferably broad scientific expertise
  • willingness and ability to engage in interdisciplinary discourse
  • willingness to actively support the work of the Humboldt Foundation
  • sufficient availability.

The following additional aspects are also considered when appointing committee members:

  • gender and age balance
  • balanced regional representation
  • complementing existing expertise on the committee
  • including researchers who work abroad whilst ensuring the necessary familiarity with the German science system.

The decision to appoint a new member is approved by the Board of Trustees. The appointment is for an initial term of three years and can be renewed twice.

 

Chairperson

Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider
Präsident der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn

(Proxy: Professor Dr. Gerald Schneider, Professor Dr.-Ing. Jörg Schröder, Professor Dr. Helle D. Ulrich)

Specialist Committee Members

  • Professor Dr. Ulrich Becker
    Max-Planck-Institut für Sozialrecht und Sozialrecht und Sozialpolitik, München
  • Professor Dr. Andreas Beyer
    Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität Basel
  • Professor Dr. Günter Brenn
    Institut für Strömungslehre und Wärmeübertragung, Technische Universität Graz
  • Professor Dr. Helge Bruelheide
    Institut für Biologie - Geobotanik und Botanischer Garten, Universität Halle-Wittenberg
  • Professor Dr. Lucas Brunsfeld
    Laboratory of Chemical Biology, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Professor Dr. Christian Büchel
    Institut für Systemische Neurowissenschaften, Zentrum für Experimentelle Medizin, Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
  • Professor Dr. Silke Bühler-Paschen
    Institut für Festkörperphysik, Technische Universität Wien
  • Professor Dr. Bernd Bukau
    Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie (ZMBH), Universität Heidelberg
  • Professor Dr. Matei Chihaia
    Fachbereich A, Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften - Romanistik, Universität Wuppertal
  • Professor Dr. Thomas Dandekar
    Lehrstuhl für Bioinformatik, Universität Würzburg
  • Professor Dr. Gerhard Dehm
    Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf
  • Professor Dr. Fabian Essler
    Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford
  • Professor Dr. Andreas Fery
    Teilinstitut Physikalische Chemie und Physik Polymerer Materialien, Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V.
  • Professor Dr. Jonathan Finley
    Walter Schottky Institut, Technische Universität München
  • Professor Dr. Klaus Fischer
    Institut für Integrierte Naturwissenschaften, Universität Koblenz-Landau
  • Professor Dr. Simone Fulda
    Institut für Experimentelle Tumorforschung in der Pädiatrie, Klinikum und Fachbereich Medizin, Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Professor Dr. Karl Gegenfurtner
    Abteilung Allgemeine Psychologie, Universität Gießen
  • Professor Dr. Anke Gerber
    Fakultät Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Hamburg
  • Professor Dr. Frank Glorius
    Organisch-Chemisches Institut, Universität Münster
  • Professor Dr. Peter Greil
    Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaften, Lehrstuhl Glas und Keramik, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Professor Dr. Tanja Gulder
    Fakultät für Chemie, Technische Universität München
  • Professor Dr. Arthur Hebecker
    Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Heidelberg
  • Professor Dr. Francois Holtz
    Institut für Mineralogie, Universität Hannover
  • Professor Dr. Ulrike Holzgrabe
    Institut für Pharmazie und Lebensmittelchemie, Universität Würzburg
  • Professor Dr. Nicola Hüsing
    Fachbereich Materialforschung und Physik, Universität Salzburg
  • Professor Dr. Sebastian Jessberger
    Institut für Hirnforschung, Universität Zürich
  • Professor Dr. Christian Jung
    Institut für Pflanzenbau und Pflanzenzüchtung, Universität Kiel
  • Professor Dr. Ansgar Jüngel
    Institut für Analysis und Scientific Computing, Technische Universität Wien
  • Professor Dr. Karl-Heinz Kampert
    Fachbereich C - Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften, Universität Wuppertal
  • Professor Regine Keller
    Lehrstuhl für Landschaftsarchitektur und öffentlichen Raum, Technische Universität München
  • Professor Dr. Axel Klar
    Fachbereich Mathematik, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
  • Professor Dr. Anja Klöckner
    Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften, Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Professor Dr. Bernd Kortmann
    Englisches Seminar, Universität Freiburg
  • Professor Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Krewer
    Institut für Energie- und Systemverfahrenstechnik, Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • Professor Dr. Christoph Levin
    Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät, Abteilung Altes Testament, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München
  • Professor Dr. Erica Lilleodden
    Institut für Werkstoffforschung, Helmholtz-Zenstrum Geesthacht GmbH
  • Professor Dr. Hartmut Löwen
    Institut für Theoretische Physik II, Universität Düsseldorf
  • Professor Dr. Michael Peter Manns
    Zentrum für Innere Medizin, Klinik für Gastroenterologie, Hepatologie und Endokrinologie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
  • Professor Dr. Brigitte Mauch-Mani
    Faculte des Sciences, Institut de Botanique, Universite de Neuchatel
  • Professor Dr.-Ing. Marion Merklein
    Lehrstuhl für Fertigungstechnologie, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Professor Dr. Rolf Mülhaupt
    Institut für Makromolekulare Chemie, Universität Freiburg
  • Professor Dr. Johannes Neugebauer
    Organisch-Chemisches Institut, Universität Münster
  • Professor Dr. Peter Oestmann
    Institut für Rechtsgeschichte, Universität Münster
  • Professor Dr. Johannes Paulmann
    Abteilung für Universalgeschichte, Institut für Europäische Geschichte Mainz
  • Professor Dr. Dennis Pausch
    Institut für Klassische Philologie, Technische Universität Dresden
  • Professor Dr. Klaus Petermann
    Institut für Hochfrequenztechnik, Technischen Universität Berlin
  • Professor Dr. Ursula Renz
    Institut für Philosophie, Universität Klagenfurt
  • Professor Dr. Philipp Richter
    Institut für Physik und Astronomie, Universität Potsdam
  • Professor Dr. Tobias Rosefeldt
    Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Professor Dr. David Scheschkewitz
    Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine und Anorganische Chemie, Universität des Saarlandes
  • Professor Dr. Ruth Schmitz-Streit
    Institut für Allgemeine Mikrobiologie, Universität Kiel
  • Professor Dr. Gerald Schneider
    Fachbereich für Politik- und Verwaltungswissenschaft, Universität Konstanz
  • Professor Dr. Melanie Schnell
    Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg
  • Professor Dr.-Ing. Jörg Schröder
    Fachbereich Bauwissenschaften, Institut für Mechanik, Universität Duisburg-Essen
  • Professorin Dr. Dorothea Schulz
    Fachbereich 08- Geschichte/ Philosophie, Institut für Ethnologie, Universität Münster
  • Professorin Dr. Brigitta Schütt
    Institut für Geographische Wissenschaften, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Professor Dr. Matthias Schütt
    Institut für Algebraische Geometrie, Universität Hannover
  • Professorin Dr. Antje Schwalb
    Institut für Geosysteme und Bioindikation, Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • Professorin Dr. Helle Ulrich
    Institut für Molekulare Biologie (IMB) gGmbH, Universität Mainz
  • Professorin Dr. Cynthia Volkert
    Institut für Materialphysik, Universität Göttingen
  • Professorin Dr. Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf
    Germanistisches Institut, Universität Münster
  • Professor Dr. Klaus Wehrle
    Fachbereich 1 - Informatik, Lehrstuhl für Kommunikation & Verteilte Systeme, Technische Hochschule Aachen
  • Professor Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wiemer
    Lehrstuhl für Alte Geschichte, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Professor Dr. Gunther Wittstock
    Institut für Chemie, Universität Oldenburg
  • Professor Dr. Matthias Wuttig
    I. Physikalisches Institut, Technische Hochschule Aachen

Non-specialist Voting Committee Members

  • Auswärtiges Amt
    VLR Ronald Münch
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung:
    MinR Peter Hassenbach
  • Ständige Konferenz der Kultusminister der Länder:
    MinDirig Jürgen Gerber
    Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung des Landes Baden-Württemberg

Non-specialist Non-voting Committee Members

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst:
    Dr. Roman Luckscheiter
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft:
    Dr. Annette Schmidtmann
    (in Stellvertretung: Dr. Jörg Schneider)
  • Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Generalverwaltung:
    Dr. Berthold Neizert

As of May 2019

The central instrument for conferring certain research awards of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is an interdisciplinary selection committee.

The members are assigned certain applications, on which they report to the committee. All decisions are discussed and taken jointly by the interdisciplinary committee; the Foundation’s Board of Trustees must approve the committee’s choices for research awards.

The selection committee is composed of:

  • specialist members: recognized researchers of various disciplines (= specialist selection committee members)
  • non-specialist members: voting representatives of public and private funders; non-voting representatives of other science (funding) organisations.

This composition ensures the necessary scientific expertise to review the applications, complemented by institutional expertise on strategic-structural aspects.

The total number and the representation of disciplines by experts on the committees is based on the average number and subject representation of the applications received. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s choice of expert committee members forms the basis for recognising and selecting excellence in its sponsorship programmes. The selection of specialist selection committee members is, therefore, a core process at the Foundation that seeks to identify the finest scientific minds. The Selection Department takes great care to regularly include domestic and international researchers on its committees who are new to the Foundation’s broader network in order to remain open to new perspectives and angles.

For each new appointment or replacement, the Foundation consults numerous experts as well as representatives of science organisations to draw up a shortlist. Scientific excellence is a basic prerequisite for a candidate to be considered. Other core prerequisites are:

  • international contacts and experience, as possible extended academic professional activity abroad
  • preferably broad scientific expertise
  • willingness and ability to engage in interdisciplinary discourse
  • willingness to actively support the work of the Humboldt Foundation
  • sufficient availability.

The following additional aspects are also considered when appointing committee members:

  • gender and age balance
  • balanced regional representation
  • complementing existing expertise on the committee
  • including researchers who work abroad whilst ensuring the necessary familiarity with the German science system.

The decision to appoint a new member is approved by the Board of Trustees. The appointment is for an initial term of three years and can be renewed twice.

Chairperson

Professor Dr. Julia Fischer
Deutsches Primatenzentrum - Leibniz-Institut für Primatenforschung, Göttingen

(Proxy: Professor Dr. Wilfried Buchmüller, Gruppe Theorie, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) Hamburg
Professor Dr. Heinz-Peter Mansel, Institut für Internationales und Ausländisches Privatrecht, Universität Köln)

Specialist Committee Members

  • Professor Dr. Thorsten Bach
    Lehrstuhl für Organische Chemie 1, Technische Universität München
  • Professor Dr. Matthias Bartelmann
    Institut für Theoretische Astrophysik, Universität Heidelberg
  • Professor Dr. Monika Betzler
    Lehrstuhl für Philosophie V, Universität München (LMU)
  • Professor Dr. Immanuel Bloch
    Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik (MPQ), Garching
  • Professor Dr. Reinhard Fässler
    Abteilung für Molekulare Medizin, Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie, Martinsried
  • Professor Dr. Roland A. Fischer
    Lehrstuhl für Anorganische und Metallorganische Chemie, Technische Universität München
  • Professor Dr. Rita Franceschini
    Fakultät für Bildungswissenschaften, Freie Universität Bozen
  • Professor Dr. Rudolf O. Gross
    Walther-Meissner-Institut für Tieftemperaturforschung, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Garching
  • Professor Dr. Martina Havenith-Newen
    Fakultät für Chemie und Biochemie, Lehrstuhl Physikalische Chemie II, Universität Bochum
  • Professor Dr. Hans-Jochen Heinze
    Medizinische Fakultät, Klinik für Neurologie II, Universität Magdeburg
  • Professor Dr. Hans Keppler
    Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Universität Bayreuth
  • Professor Dr. Jörn Leonhard
    Historisches Seminar, Universität Freiburg
  • Professor Dr. Klara Nahrstedt
    Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Professor Dr. Gerd Ulrich Nienhaus
    Institut für Angewandte Physik, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
  • Professor Dr. Claudia Olk
    Department für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Universität München (LMU)
  • Professor Dr. Michael Röckner
    Fakultät für Mathematik, Universität Bielefeld
  • Professor Dr. Achim Rosch
    Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Köln
  • Professor Dr. Erich Schröger
    Institut für Allgemeine Psychologie, Universität Leipzig
  • Professor Dr.-Ing Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern
    Fachgruppe Physikalisch-chemische Grundlagen der Prozeßtechnik, Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik komplexer technischer Systeme, Magdeburg
  • Professor Dr. Uwe Sunde
    Seminar für Bevölkerungsökonomie, Universität München

 Voting Non-specialist Committee Members

  • Auswärtiges Amt: Ronald Münch
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung:
    MinR Peter Hassenbach
  • Ständige Konferenz der Kultusminister der Länder:
    Udo Michallik

Non-specialist Non-voting Committee Members

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst:
    Dr. Birgit Klüsener
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft:
    Dr. Jörg Schneider
  • Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Generalverwaltung:
    Dr. Berthold Neizert
  • Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft:
    Ann-Katrin Schröder-Kralemann
  • Fritz Thyssen Stiftung:
    Dr. Frank Suder

 

For information on the composition of the Selection Committee see the relevant FAQ section.

 

As of May 2019

The central instrument for conferring Feodor Lynen Research Fellowships is an interdisciplinary selection committee.

The members are assigned certain applications, on which they report to the committee. All decisions are discussed and taken jointly by the interdisciplinary committee; the Foundation’s Board of Trustees must approve the committee’s choices for research fellowships.

The selection committee is composed of:

  • specialist members: recognized researchers of various disciplines (= specialist selection committee members)
  • non-specialist members: voting representatives of public and private funders; non-voting representatives of other science (funding) organisations.

This composition ensures the necessary scientific expertise to review the applications, complemented by institutional expertise on strategic-structural aspects.

The total number and the representation of disciplines by experts on the committees is based on the average number and subject representation of the applications received. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s choice of expert committee members forms the basis for recognising and selecting excellence in its sponsorship programmes. The selection of specialist selection committee members is, therefore, a core process at the Foundation that seeks to identify the finest scientific minds. The Selection Department takes great care to regularly include domestic and international researchers on its committees who are new to the Foundation’s broader network in order to remain open to new perspectives and angles.

For each new appointment or replacement, the Foundation consults numerous experts as well as representatives of science organisations to draw up a shortlist. Scientific excellence is a basic prerequisite for a candidate to be considered. Other core prerequisites are:

  • international contacts and experience, as possible extended academic professional activity abroad
  • preferably broad scientific expertise
  • willingness and ability to engage in interdisciplinary discourse
  • willingness to actively support the work of the Humboldt Foundation
  • sufficient availability.

The following additional aspects are also considered when appointing committee members:

  • gender and age balance
  • balanced regional representation
  • complementing existing expertise on the committee
  • including researchers who work abroad whilst ensuring the necessary familiarity with the German science system.

The decision to appoint a new member is approved by the Board of Trustees. The appointment is for an initial term of three years and can be renewed twice.

 

Chairperson

Professor Dr. Hans-Ulrich Reißig
Institut für Chemie und Biochemie - Organische Chemie, Freie Universität Berlin

(Proxy: Professor Dr. Harald Strauß)

Specialist Committee Members

  • Professor Dr. Anne Baillot
    Faculté des Lettres, Langues et Sciences humaines, Le Mans Université
  • Professor Dr. Thomas Benzing
    Klinik II für Innere Medizin, Universität Köln
  • Professor Dr. Martin Burger
    Naturwissenschaftlische Fakultät, Department Mathematik, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Professor Dr. Irene Burghardt
    Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie, Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Professor Dr. Sonja Drobnic
    Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), Universität Bremen
  • Professor Dr. Gerhard Ernst
    Institut für Philosophie, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Professor Dr. Saskia Florine Fischer
    AG Neue Materialien, Humboldt-Universität Berlin
  • Professor Dr. Beate Kellner
    Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Universität München
  • Professor Dr. Bettina Lotsch
    Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart
  • Professor Dr. Gabriele Metzler
    Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Professor Dr. Christiane de Morais Smith
    Institute for Theoretical Physics, Utrecht University
  • Professor Dr. Uta Paszkowski
    Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Dr. Ludwig Schultz
    Institut für Metallische Werkstoffe, Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung (IFW), Dresden
  • Professor Dr. Harald Strauß
    Geologisch-Paläontologisches Institut und Museum, Universität Münster
  • Professor Dr.-Ing. Kai Sundmacher
    Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik komplexer technischer Systeme, Fachgruppe Physikalisch-Chemische Prozesstechnik, Magdeburg

Non-specialist Voting Committee Members

  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung:
    MinR Peter Hassenbach
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Liaison Office, Bonn:
    Professor Dr. Masahiko Hayashi
  • Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan:
    Professor Yian Tai

Non-specialist Non-voting Committee Members

  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung:
    Dr. Enno Aufderheide
    Generalsekretär
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst:
    Dr. Christian Schäfer
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft:
    Dr. Armin Krawisch
  • Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Generalverwaltung:
    Dr. Berthold Neizert

 

As of May 2019

The central instrument for conferring Georg Forster Research Fellowships and Georg Forster Research Awards is an interdisciplinary selection committee.

The members are assigned certain applications, on which they report to the committee. All decisions are discussed and taken jointly by the interdisciplinary committee; the Foundation’s Board of Trustees must approve the committee’s choices for research fellowships and awards.

The selection committee is composed of:

  • specialist members: recognized researchers of various disciplines (= specialist selection committee members)
  • non-specialist members: voting representatives of public and private funders; non-voting representatives of other science (funding) organisations.

This composition ensures the necessary scientific expertise to review the applications, complemented by institutional expertise on strategic-structural aspects.

The total number and the representation of disciplines by experts on the committees is based on the average number and subject representation of the applications received. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s choice of expert committee members forms the basis for recognising and selecting excellence in its sponsorship programmes. The selection of specialist selection committee members is, therefore, a core process at the Foundation that seeks to identify the finest scientific minds. The Selection Department takes great care to regularly include domestic and international researchers on its committees who are new to the Foundation’s broader network in order to remain open to new perspectives and angles.

For each new appointment or replacement, the Foundation consults numerous experts as well as representatives of science organisations to draw up a shortlist. Scientific excellence is a basic prerequisite for a candidate to be considered. Other core prerequisites are:

  • international contacts and experience, as possible extended academic professional activity abroad
  • experience in scientific cooperation with developing and transition countries
  • preferably broad scientific expertise
  • willingness and ability to engage in interdisciplinary discourse
  • willingness to actively support the work of the Humboldt Foundation
  • sufficient availability.

The following additional aspects are also considered when appointing committee members:

  • gender and age balance
  • balanced regional representation
  • complementing existing expertise on the committee
  • • including researchers who work abroad whilst ensuring the necessary familiarity with the German science system.

The decision to appoint a new member is approved by the Board of Trustees. The appointment is for an initial term of three years and can be renewed twice.

 

Chairperson

Professor Dr. Silke Wieprecht
Institut für Wasser- und Umweltsystemmodellierung, Universität Stuttgart

(Proxy: Professor Dr. Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink)

Specialist Committee Members

  • Professor Dr. Holm J. Altenbach
    Institut für Mechanik, Universität Magdeburg
  • Professor Dr. Paola Ayala
    Fakultät für Physik, Universität Wien
  • Professor Dr. Ismail Cakmak
    Faculty of Engineering & Natural Sciences, Sabanci University
  • Professor Dr. Manuel Cancio Meliá
    Facultad de Derecho, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
  • Professor Dr. Claudia Derichs
    Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Marburg
  • Professor Dr. Hellmut Eckert
    Instituto de Física de Sao Carlos, Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP)
  • Professor Dr. Thomas Fillitz
    Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, Universität Wien
  • Professor Dr. Lutz Heide
    Pharmazeutisches Institut, Universität Tübingen
  • Professor Dr. Peter Imkeller
    Institut für Mathematik, Bereich Stochastik, Humboldt-Universität Berlin
  • Professor Dr. Reiner Klemd
    Geozentrum Nordbayern, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Professor Dr. Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink
    Fachrichtung 4.2 - Romanistik, Universität des Saalandes, Saarbrücken
  • Professor Dr. Dirk Messner
    Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn
  • Professor Dr. Gerd Pluschke
    Schweizerisches Tropen- und Public Health-Institut, Swiss TPH, Basel
  • Professor Dr. Ute Spiekerkötter
    Klinik für Allgemeine Kinder- und Jugendmedizin, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg
  • Professor Dr. Anne Valle Zarate
    Institut für Tierproduktion in den Tropen und Subtropen, Universität Hohenheim
  • Professor Dr. Ludger Wessjohann
    Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzenbiochemie, Halle (Saale)
  • Professor Dr. Silke Wieprecht
    Institut für Wasser- und Umweltsystemmodellierung, Universität Stuttgart

Non-specialist Voting Committee Members

  • Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung:
    Ina von Frantzius
    (Proxy: Daniel Braun)

Non-specialist Non-voting Committee Members

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst:
    Cay Etzold

 

As of May 2018

The central instrument for conferring Anneliese Maier Research Awards is an interdisciplinary selection committee.

The members are assigned certain applications, on which they report to the committee. All decisions are discussed and taken jointly by the interdisciplinary committee; the Foundation’s Board of Trustees must approve the committee’s choices for research awards.

The selection committee is composed of:

  • specialist members: recognized researchers of different disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences (= specialist selection committee members)
  • non-specialist members: voting representatives of public and private funders; non-voting representatives of other science (funding) organisations.

This composition ensures the necessary scientific expertise to review the applications, complemented by institutional expertise on strategic-structural aspects.

The total number and the representation of disciplines by experts on the committees is based on the average number and subject representation of the applications received. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s choice of expert committee members forms the basis for recognising and selecting excellence in its sponsorship programmes. The selection of specialist selection committee members is, therefore, a core process at the Foundation that seeks to identify the finest scientific minds. The Selection Department takes great care to regularly include domestic and international researchers on its committees who are new to the Foundation’s broader network in order to remain open to new perspectives and angles.

For each new appointment or replacement, the Foundation consults numerous experts as well as representatives of science organisations to draw up a shortlist. Scientific excellence is a basic prerequisite for a candidate to be considered. Other core prerequisites are:

  • international contacts and experience, as possible extended academic professional activity abroad
  • preferably broad scientific expertise
  • willingness and ability to engage in interdisciplinary discourse
  • willingness to actively support the work of the Humboldt Foundation
  • sufficient availability.

The following additional aspects are also considered when appointing committee members:

  • gender and age balance
  • balanced regional representation
  • complementing existing expertise on the committee
  • including researchers who work abroad whilst ensuring the necessary familiarity with the German science system.

The decision to appoint a new member and, if necessary, the order in which candidates are shortlisted, is taken by the President of the Foundation in his capacity as President of the Board of Trustees; the Board of Trustees approves the appointment for an initial term of three years1, which can be renewed twice.


1As long as the programme is offered biennially, the term of office of the committee members may also be four years with a first possible extension of four years and a second possible extension of two years.

 

Chairperson

Professor Dr. Gerhard Lauer
Lehrstuhl für Digital Humanities, Universität Basel

Specialist Committee Members

  • Professor Dr. Lorraine J. Daston
    Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin
  • Professor Dr. Klaus Fiedler
    Psychologisches Institut, Universität Heidelberg
  • Professor Dr. Bernd Kortmann
    Englisches Seminar, Philologische Fakultät, Universität Freiburg
  • Professor Dr. Klaus Krüger
    Kunsthistorisches Institut (WE 2), Freie Universität Berlin
  • Professor Dr. Andrea Lenschow
    Fachbereich Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Osnabrück
  • Professor Dr. Christof Mauch
    Rachel Carson Center, Universität München
  • Professor Dr. Hartmut Rosa
    Institut für Soziologie, Universität Jena
  • Professor Dr. Anne Röthel
    Lehrstuhl Privatrecht I, Bucerius Law School - Hochschule für Rechtswissenschaft, Hamburg

Non-specialist Voting Committee Members

  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Berlin
    MinR Peter Hassenbach

Non-specialist Non-voting Committee Members

  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung:
    Dr. Enno Aufderheide
    Generalsekretär

 

As of May 2019

The central instrument for conferring the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship is an interdisciplinary selection committee.

The members are assigned certain applications, on which they report to the committee. All decisions are discussed and taken jointly by the interdisciplinary committee; the Foundation’s Board of Trustees must approve the committee’s choices for the bestowal of Alexander von Humboldt Professorships.

The selection committee is composed of:

  • specialist members: recognised researchers of various disciplines (= specialist selection committee members)
  • non-specialist members: voting and non-voting representatives of public and private funders as well as representatives of other science (funding) organisations and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

This composition ensures the necessary scientific expertise to review applications, complemented by institutional expertise on strategic-structural aspects.

The total number and the representation of disciplines by experts on the committees is based on the average number and subject representation of the applications received. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s choice of expert committee members forms the basis for recognising and selecting excellence in its sponsorship programmes. The selection of specialist selection committee members is, therefore, a core process at the Foundation that seeks to identify the finest scientific minds. The Selection Department takes great care to regularly include domestic and international researchers on its committees who are new to the Foundation’s broader network in order to remain open to new perspectives and angles.

For each new appointment or replacement, the Foundation consults numerous experts as well as representatives of science organisations to draw up a shortlist. Scientific excellence is a basic prerequisite for a candidate to be considered. Other core prerequisites are:

  • international contacts and experience, as possible extended academic professional activity abroad
  • preferably broad scientific expertise
  • willingness and ability to engage in interdisciplinary discourse
  • willingness to actively support the work of the Humboldt Foundation
  • sufficient availability.

The following additional aspects are also considered when appointing committee members:

  • gender and age balance
  • balanced regional representation
  • complementing existing expertise on the committee
  • including researchers who work abroad whilst ensuring the necessary familiarity with the German science system.

The decision to appoint a new member is approved by the Board of Trustees. The appointment is for an initial term of three years and can be renewed once.

 

Chairperson

Professor Dr. Hans-Christian Pape
Präsident der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

Specialist Committee Members

  • Professorin Dr. Andrea Abele-Brehm
    Department Psychologie und Sportwissenschaften, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Professor Dr. Markus Aspelmeyer
    Fakultät für Physik, Institut für Quantenoptik und Quanteninformation, Universität Wien
  • Professorin Dr. Leena Bruckner-Tuderman
    Klinik für Dermatologie und Venerologie, Universität Freiburg
  • Professorin Dr. Nicole Dubilier
    Max-Planck-Institut für Marine Mikrobiologie, Bremen
  • Professor Dr. Daniel Frost
    Bayerisches Forschungsinstitut für Experimentelle Geochemie und Geophysik (BGI), Universität Bayreuth
  • Professor Dr. Alois Fürstner
    Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim / Ruhr
  • Professor Dr. Gerhard Huisken
    Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (MFO)
  • Professor Dr. Johannes Kabatek
    Romanisches Seminar, Universität Zürich
  • Professor Dr. Thomas Kaufmann
    Theologische Fakultät, Seminar Kirchengeschichte, Universität Göttingen
  • Professor Dr. Dierk Raabe
    Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf
  • Professorin Dr. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger
    Historisches Seminar, Universität Münster
  • Professorin Dr. Ruth H. Strasser
    Herzzentrum Dresden, Technische Universität Dresden
  • Professorin Dr. Maria-Roser Valenti
    Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Frankfurt am Main

Non-specialist Voting Committee Members

  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung:
    Min. Dir. Ulrich Schüller 
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft:
    Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider
    Präsident
  • Hochschulrektorenkonferenz:
    Professor Dr. Peter-André Alt
    Präsident
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Marquardt
    Vorstandsvorsitzender
  • Ständige Konferenz der Kultusminister der Länder:
    Udo Michallik
    Generalsekretär

Non-specialist Non-voting Committee Members

  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung:
    Dr. Enno Aufderheide
    Generalsekretär
  • Auswärtiges Amt:
    Heidrun Tempel
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft:
    N.N.
    Generalsekretärin

 

As of September 2019

Chairperson

Dr. Enno Aufderheide
Secretary General
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Committee Members

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
  • Bielefeld University:
    Prof. Dr. Thomas Faist
    Professor of Sociology of Transnationalization, Migration and Development
  • German National Academy of Sciences - Leopoldina:
    Prof. Dr. Rainer Godel
    Head of Department Centre for Science Studies
  • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg:
    Prof. Dr. Katrin Kinzelbach
    Professor of International Politics of Human Rights
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft:
    Dr. Johanna Kowol-Santen
    Deputy Head Scientific Affairs
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology:
    Prof. Dr. Annie Powell
    Professor of Inorganic Chemistry
  • German Rectors' Conference:
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Scholz-Reiter
    Vice-President for International Affairs
  • Council for At-Risk Academics:
    Prof. Dr. Paul Weindling
    Trustee

As of February 2018

Chairperson

Dr. Steffen Mehlich
Leiter der Abteilung Förderung und Netzwerk der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

Further Committee Members

  • Auswärtiges Amt,
    Wissenschaft und Hochschulen:
    Ronald Münch
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung,
    Internationaler Austausch im Hochschulbereich, Internationalisierung:
    Ministerialrat Peter Hassenbach
  • Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung,
    Hochschulbildung und Wissenschaft:
    Daniel Braun
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft,
    Wissenschaftliche Geräte und Informationstechnik:
    Dr. Johannes Janssen
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst,
    Entwicklungszusammenarbeit und überregionale Projekte:
    Stefan Bienefeld
  • Hochschulrektorenkonferenz,
    Internationale Angelegenheiten:
    Marijke Wahlers

 

As of May 2019

Chairperson

Professor Dr. Barbara Göbel
Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, Berlin

Further Committee Members

  • Professor Dr. Juliavon Maltzan Pacheco
    Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Department of International Relations, Sao Paulo
  • Professor Dr. Barbara Potthast
    Universität Köln, Iberische und Lateinamerikanische Abteilung des Historischen Seminars, Köln
  • Dr. Christian Roschmann
    Lefosse Advogados, Sao Paulo
  • Thomas Timm
    Deutsch-Brasilianische Industrie- und Handelskammer, Sao Paulo
  • Christina Gehlsen
    Auswärtiges Amt (AA), Berlin

Non-voting Committee Member

  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung:
    Dr. Enno Aufderheide
    Generalsekretär

 

As of May 2019

Chairperson

Guoqiang Wei
Commerzbank AG, Shanghai

Further Committee Members

  • Wei Jing
    HRT Investment & Management (Group) Co., Ltd, Suzhou
  • Michael Maeder
    Ward Howell International China, Shanghai
  • Christian Sommer
    German Center, Shanghai
  • Shizhou Wang
    Peking University, Law School, Bejing
  • Christina Gehlsen
    Auswärtiges Amt (AA), Berlin

Non-voting Committee Member

  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung:
    Dr. Enno Aufderheide
    Generalsekretär

 

As of May 2019

Chairperson

Professor Dr. Rekha Vaidya Rajan
Jawaharlal Nehru University, School of Languages, Centre of German Studies, Delhi

Further Committee Members

  • Dr. Sankarshan Basu
    Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
  • Vinesh Kumar Jairath
    Mumbai
  • Dr. Sanak Mishra
    Indian National Academy of Engineering, Gurgaon
  • Dr. Shanti Pappu
    Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, Chennai & Deccan College, Pune
  • Bernhard Steinruecke
    Indo-German Chamber Of Commerce, Mumbai
  • Christina Gehlsen
    Auswärtiges Amt (AA), Berlin

Non-voting Committee Member

  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung:
    Dr. Enno Aufderheide
    Generalsekretär

 

As of May 2019

Chairperson

N.N.

Further Committee Members

  • Dr. Irina Kalinina
    LegalStudies.RU, Moskau
  • Dr. Stefan Meister
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP), Berlin
  • Professor Dr. Tatjana Nikitina
    St. Petersburg University of Economics and Finance, Sankt Petersburg
  • Dr. Martin Schneider
    Hauptgeschäftsführer, Verein Deutscher Zementwerke e.V., Düsseldorf
  • Christina Gehlsen
    Auswärtiges Amt (AA), Berlin

Non-voting Committee Member

  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung:
    Dr. Enno Aufderheide
    Generalsekretär

 

As of May 2019

Chairperson

Dr. Jackson Janes
Johns Hopkins University, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS),Washington, DC

Committee Members

  • James D. Bindenagel
    Universität Bonn, Center for International Security and Governance, Bonn
  • Dr. Cathleen S. Fisher
    American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Washington, DC
  • Stefanie Ziska
    German American Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta, GA
  • Christina Gehlsen
    Auswärtiges Amt (AA), Berlin

Non-voting Committee Member

  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung:
    Dr. Enno Aufderheide
    Generalsekretär

 

As of May 2017

Chairperson

Professor Matias de Oliveira Pinto
Universität Münster

Commitee Members

  • Professor Martin Baeza de Rubio
    Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin
  • Professor Marta Gulyas
    Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spanien
  • Professor Dr. José A. Rodriguez-Quiles y Garcia
    Universidad de Granada, Spanien

Non-voting Committee Members

  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung:
    Dr. Enno Aufderheide
    Generalsekretär

 

As of May 2019

The central instrument for conferring International Climate Protection Fellowships is an interdisciplinary selection committee.

The members are assigned certain applications, on which they report back in writing. All decisions are discussed and taken jointly by the interdisciplinary committee; the Foundation’s Board of Trustees must approve the committee’s choices for the bestowal of International Climate Protection Fellowships.

The selection committee is composed of:

  • specialist members: recognised researchers of various disciplines as well as individuals who, due to their background and personal qualifications, are particularly well suited to assess young leaders and their potential as mediators and multipliers in the broader field of climate protection and resource conservation (= specialist selection committee members)
  • non-specialist members: voting representatives of the public funder as well as of other science (funding) organisations.

This composition ensures the necessary scientific expertise to review applications, complemented by institutional expertise on strategic-structural aspects.

The total number and the representation of disciplines by experts on the committees is based on the average number and subject representation of the applications received. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s choice of expert committee members forms the basis for recognising and selecting excellence in its sponsorship programmes. The selection of specialist selection committee members is, therefore, a core process at the Foundation that seeks to identify the finest scientific minds. The Selection Department takes great care to regularly include domestic and international researchers on its committees who are new to the Foundation’s broader network in order to remain open to new perspectives and angles.

For each new appointment or replacement, the Foundation consults numerous experts as well as representatives of science organisations to draw up a shortlist. Scientific excellence is a basic prerequisite for a candidate to be considered. Other core prerequisites are:

  • international contacts and experience, as possible extended academic professional activity abroad
  • broad scientific or practical expertise in the field of climate protection and resource conservation
  • willingness and ability to engage in interdisciplinary discourse
  • willingness to actively support the work of the Humboldt Foundation
  • sufficient availability.

The following additional aspects are also considered when appointing committee members:

  • gender and age balance
  • balanced regional representation
  • complementing existing expertise on the committee

The decision to appoint a new member is approved by the Board of Trustees. The appointment is for an initial term of three years and can be renewed twice.

 

Chairperson

Professor Dr. François Claude Buscot
Department Bodenökologie, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung, Halle (Saale)
(Proxy: Dr. Imme Scholz)

Specialist Committee Members

  • Professor Dr. François Claude Buscot
    Department Bodenökologie, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung, Halle (Saale)
  • Professor Dr. Olanike Deji
    Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
  • Professor Dr. Romain Lucas Glele Kakai
    Faculty of Agronomic sciences, Universite d'Abomey-Calavi, Benin
  • Dr. Amol A. Kulkarni
    Chemical Engineering and Process Development Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India
  • Professor Dr. Jörg Matschullat
    Interdisziplinäres Ökologisches Zentrum, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Peters
    RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Essen
  • Dr. Imme Scholz
    Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, Bonn
  • Professor Dr. Thomas Schomerus
    Institut für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
  • Professor Dr. Britaldo Silveira Soares Filho
    Instituto de Geosciencias-CPTMC, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brasil
  • Hortensia Solis
    Viaje con Cafe, Den Haag, Netherlands / San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Professor Dr. Bjorn B. Stevens
    Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie, Hamburg
  • Professor Dr. Holm Tiessen
    Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Professor Dr. Yujun Yi
    School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, PR China
  • Professor Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu
    Lehrstuhl für Methodik der Fernerkundung, Technische Universität München
  • Professor Dr. Martin Zimmer
    Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenökologie (ZMT) GmbH, Bremen

 Non-specialist non-Voting Committee Members

  • Dr. Enno Aufderheide
    Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

Non-specialist Voting Committee Members

  • Berthold Breid
    Renewables Academy AG, Berlin
  • Stephan Contius
    Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit (BMU), Berlin
  • Dr. Anna Görner
    Centre for Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management,
    Technische Universität Dresden
  • Professor Dr. Markus Große Ophoff
    Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, Osnabrück
  • Dr. Joachim Hein
    Abteilung Klima und nachhaltige Entwicklung, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V. (BDI), Berlin
  • Dr. Bernd Markus Liss
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Eschborn
  • Dr. Gisela Schneider
    Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Bonn