Criteria of bias in the selection process at the Wissenschaftskolleg

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.

  1. First-degree kinship, marriage, life partnership, or
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. 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
     
  4. 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.
     
  5. 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.

November 2018