I am of course grateful for the Humboldt foundation in general. But I am wondering what kind of unworldly bureaucrat wrote the "Guidelines for completing the application".
a) Application form (printed on one side only)What annoys me about that? First that these things have to be provided in printed form: There is such a thing as the internet, which allows transportation of information faster, cheaper, and with a smaller carbon footprint. Then why do you have to print it one-sided? Because only an increased footprint shows that you are really serious? Or because it is fun if every folder is twice as thick? And finally, why is "printed one side only" written for every single point on the list? Because the desired "highly qualified applicants" are too stupid to read it if it only says it once? I guess, people did not do it. But only because of environmental or practical considerations and not because they did not understand it when it was written only once.
b) Curriculum vitae (printed on one side only)
c) Research plan (printed on one side only)
d) Key publications (list printed on one side only / three bound copies)
I personally can swallow my pride (somehow) and apply. But I wonder for how many people things like this are the tipping point for a career in the industry or economy where they get more money and have a safe job for more than one or two years. And ideally a secretary does some of the bureaucratic things, so that they can actually focus their work time on the things they received many years of specialized training for.