Selection criteria

Outstanding women academics and scientists are nominated for the portal by our partners; it is not possible to apply directly. Our scientific partner organisations have appointed high-ranking persons to the steering committee, which then agreed on a set of standards for all of the partners to use when nominating candidates for AcademiaNet.

The most important criteria used in the selection for the Internet portal are:

1. Outstanding academic qualifications


The candidate should have outstanding academic qualifications, as measured by the standards of her particular academic discipline and by her academic maturity.

Examples of standards are
  • publishing activities
  • Prizes and other awards, such as especially distinguished fellowships or memberships in prestigious academic circles (for example, in high-ranking committees, bodies, academies, etc.)
  • Independently raised funding from outside sources in a competitive process
  • Number of patents
  • The type and number of invited talks at international conferences


Benchmarks for established academics and scientists to be included in the portal are, for instance, recipients of the Leibniz Prize, of a Max Planck Research Prize or of the Wittgenstein Prize, members of the central committee or senate of a large research organisation, members of one of the national academies, recipients of an ERC Advanced Grant, heads of a research department in a private enterprise or Max Planck directors.

Benchmarks for junior academics and scientists (see pt. 3: Academic credentials) are, for instance, recipients of a Sofia Kovalevskaja Prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation or of an ERC Starting Grant, heads of an Emmy Noether junior research group, Liebig Fellows at an advanced stage and heads of a Max Planck junior research group, as well as holders of Lichtenberg Professorships from the Volkswagen Foundation, EMBO Young Investigator awardees, EURYI awardees or members of the Junge Akademie (Young Academy) of the Leopoldina and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

2. Independent leadership activities

The candidate should have already been the leader of an independent research group.

3. Academic credentials


The candidate's academic profile should be clearly recognisable. Benchmarks are candidates who, for instance, have successfully made it through the first interim evaluation as a Liebig Fellow (VCI - German Chemical Industry Fund) or head of a Max Planck Society junior research group.

4. Further supporting criteria
  • Balancing family with an academic career
  • International experience
  • Held visiting professor positions
  • Teaching activities
  • Social commitment
  • Involvement in research and university committees

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