Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

Information for independent peer reviewers

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation sponsors people, not projects. Consequently, the applicant’s own scientific qualifications should be the focus of your review.

The Sofja Kovalevskaja Award is granted to young exceptionally promising researchers from abroad in recognition of outstanding academic achievements. The award is designed to enable them to embark on academic careers in Germany by establishing their own junior research groups at research institutions in Germany. As such, it is very important to identify and target promising talent and enlist the academic elites of tomorrow as partners for Germany today. In addition to the expert reviews provided by the applicant, the Humboldt Foundation’s selection committee requires your independent peer review.

As a peer reviewer you will be given access to our peer reviewer portal on which you will find the documents to be reviewed as well as a personal form for completing your review.

Your review will, of course, be treated with the utmost confidentiality and only made available to people who are involved in the rest of the selection procedure. Please ensure that the same level of confidentiality is maintained both towards those directly involved and towards third parties.


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

Fax: +49 (0) 228-833 212

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