Humboldt 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, 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 Humboldt Foundation's award programmes recognise outstanding achievements which, even by international comparison, may be seen as groundbreaking academic achievements in the respective discipline. Furthermore, the award winner's current academic productivity should promise to lead to contributions that will be of importance for the future, too. The award is also granted in the expectation that the award winner's specialist colleagues in Germany will profit from intensive cooperation in the context of a research stay. Information on the sponsorship criteria relating to Humboldt Research Awards can be found in the relevant Programme Information.

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 return the application documents to us immediately.

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


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

Fax: 0228-833 212

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