The Wissenschaftskolleg also invites a few artists (musicians, authors, filmmakers, etc.) who are chosen by experts delegated by the Rector. Prominent public personalities (politicians, journalists, managers) are also occasionally invited as Fellows; the initiative for these invitations lies with the leadership of the Wissenschaftskolleg.
Because the success of a Wissenschaftskolleg Fellowship year depends on extracting researchers from their routines and accustomed surroundings and exposing them to new experiences, researchers from Berlin institutions of higher education are not eligible for Fellowships.
Researchers whose applications are declined but who wish to apply again will not be reconsidered for a Fellowship for at least five years after the initial decision.
The decision of the Wissenschaftskolleg with respect to Fellowships is final.