Selection process

The call of applications has closed on April 15th, 2014 (23:59 CEST). We thank all applicants for their interest in BRAIN.

You will be informed via email at all relevant stages of the selection process.

Selection Panel
The BRAIN Selection Panel consists of 9 - 10 members: 7 international scientists (one outstanding expert from each of the following fields of research: the Arts, Engineering, Humanities, Social and Economic Science, Law, Life Sciences, Natural Science), 2 resentatives of Brandenburg universities (one each for the two German types of universities – “University” and “University of Applied Sciences”). A representative of the University for Film and Television ‘Konrad Wolf’ Potsdam-Babelsberg will be an additional member of the Selection Panel for Applications concerning the research focus of this university.

Selection Process:
1. All applications that have been found eligible are evaluated by two external reviewers, at least one of them international. One of them will be one of the 7 international experts who are members of the Selection Panel. Both reviewers will be outstanding experts in the field of research of the application they evaluate.

2. In the evaluation, merit will be judged quantitatively as well as qualitatively, taking into account the applicant’s whole range of knowledge, experience and capability. T
The state of Brandenburg aims at promoting high standards in university teaching. Therefore, should two candidates be judged of equal merit in any other respect, their (evaluated) teaching experience will turn the balance.

3. A ranking list will be composed on the basis of the evaluations made. A final selection meeting will take place in Potsdam and will be attended by all panel members in person. The panel will discuss the ranking list and the summary reports.

The top 20 candidates on the ranking list as well as those for which there has been a considerable difference of opinion between the two evaluating experts, will be invited to be ready for a short interview via Skype according to a schedule which will be communicated well beforehand to all candidates concerned. In the interviews candidates will be asked to once more verbally explain their motivation for applying for a fellowship and the main aspects of their research project and maybe answer some additional questions arising from the written application.

4. After the interviews, panel members will reach a final decision on the 10 fellows by consensus. In the rare case that consensus cannot be reached during the meeting, a final consensus meeting will take place.

For more details on the selection process see Guide for Applicants.


BRAIN help desk at the Brandenburg Ministry of Sciences, Research and Cultural Affairs:

Edith Mobou Dzuno
Referat 23

office hours: 9 - 15h CET

+49 (0) 331 866 4766


postal address:
Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur des Landes Brandenburg
Referat 23
Dortustr. 36