Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

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 form for independent peer reviewers. Please answer all the questions so that we can do full justice to the applicant in the evaluation process.

The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship – International Award for Research in Germany  - is granted to academics of all disciplines from abroad who are expected to contribute to enhancing Germany's sustained international competitiveness as a research location in consequence of the award. In addition to the nominee's academic qualifications, his or her proposed involvement in driving research and development planning at the nominating institution as well as the persuasiveness of the presentation outlining his or her importance for achieving the strategic goals play an important role. The award is granted on the assumption that the nominating institution will continue the award winner's long-term affiliation to the institution even after Alexander von Humboldt Foundation sponsorship comes to an end.

Information on the sponsorship criteria relating to the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship 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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