TUM-IAS follows a strict Delphi procedure to evaluate the quality of the proposals for its Hans Fischer and Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellowships. The Delphi process consists of two phases: an evaluation phase based on peer review and bibliographical analysis, during which a maximum of relevant information about the proposal is collected (including a rebuttal by the applicant on the reviewers’ comments), and a decision phase in which the collected information on the proposals is evaluated, a ranking is established and a decision on the Fellowships is made. Except for the very last decision on the caesura in the ranking (which is based on financial possibilities) both phases are done blindly, as is required in an orthodox implementation of the Delphi process. The process is designed so that the reviewers and evaluators do not influence each other (this is essential to make assessments between very diverse fields possible). The process is represented below:
Upon receipt of a nomination the candidate and the nominator (if applicable) receive an acknowledgement. The Delphi process stipulates that after three months the nominator and candidate must receive a “concept evaluation protocol” to which they are asked to attach either their agreement or rebuttal. The protocol contains the anonymous answers peer reviewers have given to the questions on the quality of the proposal. The whole documentation including the protocol and the motivation of the nomination are offered to a jury. The body is constituted by top professionals, selected internationally and covering the technological and scientific areas active at TUM. The jury then ranks the proposals blindly on the main criteria. The results of the jury ranking are then presented to the TUM-IAS Advisory Council, who decides on the awards, following the ranking of the jury and taking into account financial possibilities. The proposer and candidate will be informed of the final decision immediately after the meeting of the Advisory Council.