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From 2pm on 23 October 2023, the German Research Foundation (DFG) is once again holding an election for members of its review boards. Eligible researchers can cast their votes for the candidates until 2pm on 20 November 2023.

Our Vice-Rector for Excellence Development: Research and Transfer, Professor Jens-Karl Eilers, sees the election of these bodies as a very important part of scientific self-governance in Germany. Professor Eilers emphasises: “In order to increase the competitiveness of the eastern German universities, the Halle-Jena-Leipzig Central German University Alliance has joined forces again in 2023, as in previous years, to support the candidacies of their researchers. We are counting on a high turnout among all researchers and thank the candidates for standing for election to this honorary office.”

Review board members play a central role in the DFG’s funding system. They evaluate the funding proposals in their respective fields and formulate a final decision recommendation, which is then submitted with the proposals to the responsible DFG decision-making bodies. More information about the tasks as well as the current members of the review boards can be found at:

It is therefore very important for Leipzig University to have its own members on the review boards. Fifteen renowned scientists from ten faculties at our university are running to represent our – and your – interests at the DFG.

So please make use of your right to vote!

Organisational information:

All researchers who, in addition to a university degree, have successfully completed an oral doctoral examination before the first day of the election period are eligible to vote for the members of the review boards, as are professors if, on the first day of the election period, they are engaged in scientific research at a voting centre that is not limited to that day.

An electoral register of those eligible to vote at our university will be drawn up for the election. The persons registered there will receive their voting documentation with login details for the online voting system. The electoral register and the voting documentation will be made available through the faculties and institutions and will be handed out to eligible voters in person. The election will take place online.

If you are an eligible researcher and have not been registered, please contact us as soon as possible by phone (97-32008) or by emailing the Election Office so that we can check and add you to the electoral register.

Further information on the review board election can be found on the DFG’s German election portal at: An English summary is available at:


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