Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship

Information for independent peer reviewers

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has asked you to evaluate the academic quality of an application for a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship. You thus play a crucial role in selecting the fellows.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation sponsors people, not projects. Identifying promising and/or outstanding research talents is, therefore, even more important than evaluating the scientific quality of the research proposal submitted.

In addition to the expert reviews provided by the applicant, the Humboldt Foundation’s selection committee requires your independent, external peer review.

In order to ensure that application documents can be processed efficiently, please take note of the following:

  • In the interests of an efficient selection process, we should be very grateful if you would complete your independent review as promptly as possible – usually within three to four weeks.
  • Before preparing your review, please check that you are not affected by impartiality issues (guidelines on impartiality). Should you consider yourself not sufficiently impartial or appropriately qualified to provide an expert opinion or not able to submit your review in the time foreseen, we should be grateful if you would furnish us with the name and address of a competent colleague and return the application documents to us immediately.
  • As a guideline to completing your review, we have collated a list of questions for independent peer reviewers. Please answer all the questions so that we can do full justice to the applicant in the evaluation process.
  • When assessing an application, please give appropriate consideration to the conditions under which academic results have been achieved, as evidenced by the candidate’s CV.
  • When making a final recommendation, please bear in mind that we are currently only able to approve some 40% of the numerous applications we receive. Thus only exceptionally highly-qualified researchers can be considered for sponsorship by the Humboldt Foundation.

Your review will, of course, be treated confidentially. Please ensure that the same level of confidentiality is maintained both towards those directly involved and towards third parties.

Information on the sponsorship criteria relating to Feodor Lynen Research Fellowships can be found in the relevant programme information. We shall, of course, notify you of the outcome of the entire selection procedure under which you submit reviews. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Humboldt headquarters.