Applications for focus groups can be submitted at any time.
The Rector consults with the Permanent Fellows about the received applications once a month, in accordance with the Charter.
The Academic Advisory Board meets twice a year, in May and in November, to discuss all candidacies and recommend invitations. To judge the disciplinary profiles, external evaluations are also commissioned; these are presented to the Academic Advisory Board for its deliberations.
After the conclusion of these deliberations, the invitation is extended by the Rector.
Essential for the selection procedure are the comparative weighing and evaluations of the candidacies in terms of discipline-specific selection criteria and the composition of the Fellow “class”.
The qualitative judgment comprises considerations of research achievements, the evaluation of the stringency and originality of the submitted overarching project and of the individual projects, and careful reading of the selected publications.
All persons taking part in the selection of candidates are requested to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the decision-making process. This is based on the rules passed in 2018 to avoid conflicts of interest.