In the Wissenschaftskolleg’s selection process, bias should be exposed and its influence on the selection processes should be controlled. For this reason, all the persons participating in evaluating a candidacy – in particular the members of the Academic Advisory Board, the Permanent Fellows, and the external evaluators – are required to reveal any of the following criteria of bias that apply to them.
- First-degree kinship, marriage, life partnership, or
- Dependent employment or supervisory relationship (e.g., teacher-student relationship including into the postdoc phase) up to six years after the end of such a relationship:
With this degree of bias, the person in question cannot take part in the formation of the opinion; at the selection sessions, the biased member will leave the session room during the discussion.
- Current, past, or planned close scientific collaborations, including joint publications with the candidate, especially joint publications and research projects (ongoing, planned, or less than three years past), or
- Joint pursuit of economic interests:
With this degree of bias, the judgment of the person in question about the candidate in the selection process will be noted; at the selection sessions, the biased member of the body will leave the session room during (at least part of) the discussion.
- Membership in the same faculty, research institution, or other facility (body, association, party, company, etc.) or other personal ties or conflicts with the candidate:
With this degree of bias, the judgment of the person in question about the candidate in the selection process will be noted; at the selection sessions, the respective chairperson shall decide in consultation with the group whether a board member biased in this way must leave the session room during the discussion of a candidacy.
It is also to be noted that members of the Academic Advisory Board cannot be candidates for a Fellowship during their term on the board.