Sofja Kovalevskaja 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. Identifying extremely promising and outstanding talent is thus just as important as assessing the academic quality of a research proposal.

Granting a Sofja Kovalevskaja Award means strengthening the internationalisation of high-ranking, innovative research in Germany. As such, it is very important to target the academic elites of tomorrow when selecting the research fellows of today and enlist them as partners for Germany.

If the Humboldt Foundation Selection Committee needs an independent, external expert's opinion on an application in addition to the expert reviews submitted on the applicant's behalf, you will be requested to act as a 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 should be grateful if you base your review on the list of questions for independent peer reviews. Please answer all the questions so that we can do full justice to the applicant in the evaluation process.

When making a final recommendation please bear in mind that, due to the numerous applications from all over the world, we can currently only approve a small number of applications. Thus, only exceptionally highly-qualified researchers can be considered for sponsorship by the Humboldt Foundation.

Information on the sponsorship criteria for Sofja Kovalevskaja Award Winners can be found in the relevant Programme Information.

Should you not feel appropriately qualified to provide an expert review, 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.

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 weeks).


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

Fax: 0228-833 212

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