The discussions within the Committee are strictly confidential; it is not allowed to report to outsiders the various considerations that lay behind individual Prizes and candidacies. The Committee meets three to four times a year, and the bulk of its work takes place in the Fall. It “inherits” a limited number of short-listed candidates from the previous year, and except in rare cases the Winner is selected from this pool of short-listed candidates. The Committee adds one or two new candidates to this pool based on nominations and discussions in the current and previous years. The Committee then commissions a specialist to evaluate the scholars added to the pool of candidates.
As soon as the Committee has agreed on a Winner, the member of the Committee who is most familiar with the Winner‘s work will coauthor an official evaluation and presentation of the Winner’s contribution together with the outside specialist who wrote the confidential report.