Group Leadership

Acknowledged researchers who hold permanent, scientific positions at one of CAS’ partner institutions can be a group leader for one year at CAS.  

Unlike most other Centres for Advanced Study, CAS does not invite individual fellows doing their own projects. At CAS, scholars work in groups.

A strong international network is a prerequisite for an applicant to be considered as a group leader.

Research Group Membership

The group leader invites international and Norwegian acknowledged scholars from across the world to join the research group.

Planning for research year

CAS recruits research groups two years in advance of each academic year. Hence, the chosen group leaders are actively involved in planning their stay during a two-year period before they actually arrive at CAS.

Evaluation of project proposal

The project proposals go through a thorough evaluation process, including an international peer review, before three research groups are selected.

Following is an overview of the application and evaluation process including approximate dates for deadlines.

Note that this is a renewed application and evaluation process (as of 2015).

Round 1: Brief project outline

October: The application process opens. Announcements are published on a range of platforms online and in newspapers.

Group leader candidates must hold a permanent academic position at one of CAS’ partner institutions. In accordance with CAS’ agreements with these institutions, group leaders qualify for an extraordinary sabbatical when spending a year of research at the Centre. For this reason, applicants must inform their institute when applying for admission to CAS. Applicants are asked to submit a brief project proposal:

  • The initial proposal should explain the scientific merit of the project in a clear and concise manner. The writer should bear in mind the audience: a Board constituted of highly acknowledged researchers from a range of disciplines, but not necessarily with expertise in the special field of each proposal.
  • In particular, the project proposal should briefly argue why a year at CAS specifically will add scientific possibilities to the project.
  • The potential group leader must include a CV that demonstrates her or his scientific merits and experience(s) as a leader of a scientific group.

January: Deadline for submitting brief project proposals (January 16, in 2017).

Round 2: Complete project outline

February: In February, the CAS Board selects a number of project proposals to round two of the evaluation process.

At this point, the applicants are asked to submit complete project outlines aimed at experts in their respective research fields:

  • This project outline must include the names of the most suitable international and Norwegian scholars eager to commit themselves to a extensive stay at CAS.
  • An international appeal is a prerequisite for a research group to be considered further. This implies that the group must be made up of eminent internationally published scholars. The group must also consist of up to two promising postdocs/PhD-students.
  • This final outline must include a list of prominent members of the proposed group, who at this point should be contacted and must provide their CVs and letters of intent.
  • Round two includes a thorough international peer review. Each proposal is evaluated by at least three experts. The applicants will be informed in advance of the detailed evaluation criteria to be used, focusing on scientific quality and merit.

April: Deadline for submitting complete project outlines for a second evaluation that includes international peer reviews.

September: The process is finalised and three groups are selected to spend a year researching at CAS.

The remaining applicants are rejected.