Selection Board

The Selection Board (SB) decides on the funding of:

  • Academic Partnership, Advanced Academic Partnership, Extended Impact Partnership
  • Preparatory Funding
  • Individual Scholarships

The Selection Board takes the decisions and advises the APPEAR office to inform the applicants and to start the contracting process.

Members of the Selection Board | as of July 2021

  • Matthias Themel, Austrian Development Agency / Chair of the Board

Further members of the Selection Board in alphabetical order:

  • Marie-France Chevron, University of Vienna
  • Walter Ehmeir, Austrian Development Agency
  • Michael Holländer, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Ursula Paintner, DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service
  • Erich Thaler, University of Basel
  • Claudia Zingerli, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Selection of Academic Partnership, Advanced Academic Partnership, Extended Impact Partnership projects

The Selection Board’s decision making – upon availability of funds for the respective call − is based on three pillars:

  • Scores and comments of the external reviewers
  • Adherence to guiding principles and added values
  • Assessment of the Coordination Offices of the ADA

The Selection Board has the possibility to

  • accept a project.
  • accept a project with conditions to be met prior to the contracting process.
  • accept a project with conditions to be met during project implementation, to be documented in the annual and final reports.
  • reject a project.

Selection of Preparatory Funding projects

Proposals for preparatory funding will not be reviewed by external reviewers. All proposals for Preparatory Funding that meet the formal criteria will be discussed in the Selection Board. The decision – upon availability of funds for the respective call – is taken along the following two pillars:

  • Quality of the proposal, contribution to the programme objectives
  • Assessment of the Coordination Offices of the ADA

The Selection Board has the possibility to

  • accept a project.
  • reject a project.

Selection of Scholarships

All eligible applications for Individual scholarships will be rated by the APPEAR Office. Furthermore, the respective future scientific supervisors will provide an assessment of the applications. The Selection Board will vote on the respective scholarship applications, taking into consideration that female applicants are to be prioritised and equal opportunities will be given to students with special needs.

The Selection Board has the possibility to

  • accept an application.
  • reject an application.

Embedded scholarships will not be selected by the Selection Board but chosen by the project coordinators of the respective projects. Formal eligibility of the applicants will be checked and confirmed by the APPEAR Office.