Group research at CAS
Unlike most other institutes for advanced study, CAS does not invite individual scholars to work on their own projects. Research at CAS is exclusively group-based.
CAS hosts three research projects a year, one from each of the broadly defined fields of:
- social science/law
- natural science/medicine/mathematics
The project are pitched by faculty members who hold permanent research positions at CAS' partner institutions. Following a thorough application process, the CAS Board of Directors selects three projects for a one-year residency. Project leaders are then given two years to play for their stay at CAS.
Project leaders are free to invite scholars from around the world in any stage of their careers to participate in their project -- whether for an entire year or for a few weeks. Crucially, CAS projects also include one or two Ph.D. candidates and/or postdoctoral fellows, which promotes career development and mentorship.
Each year, 40 to 45 researchers from around 10 to 15 countries participate in CAS projects.
The agreements between CAS and its partner institutions ensure that a year at CAS counts as an extra sabbatical year for project leaders and fellows alike. Publication points are awarded to the scholars' home institutions for research that resulted from their year at CAS.
Finances: No loss, no gain
CAS receives virtually all of its funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research (Kunnskapsdepartementet). The funding model guarantees academic freedom for visiting fellows and financial security for the Centre.
Each CAS project receives a roughly NOK 3.5 million grant, which is managed by each project's leader(s).
CAS is also funded indirectly through agreements with its partner institutions. These agreements ensure that the salaries of CAS fellows are met by their home institutions during their stay at CAS.
Scholars who are not employed by any of CAS' partner institutions are encouraged to use their sabbatical to participate in a CAS project. However, project leaders often set aside some of their budget to cover the teaching replacement costs for a fellows who would otherwise be unable to participate in the project.
CAS operates on the principle of 'no loss—no gain.' In other words, fellows do not receive an economic gain from their stay at CAS, nor do they suffer financially.
In addition to its research facilities and support services, CAS also offers accommodation for out-of-town fellows, reimburses travel expenses, and covers the costs of school or kindergarten fees. Visiting scholars may in some cases receive a stipend (per diem) to cover additional living expenses during their stay.
Enabled by the services CAS provides, fellows are freed from other academic and administrative responsibilities and can focus exclusively on their research.
See also: Organisation
For long-term stays, CAS provides accommodation for all fellows who do not live in Oslo through Frogner House Apartments (FHA).
FHA provides apartments of various sizes for fellows bringing their partner or other family members.
The apartments are fully furnished, including bed linen, towels, kitchenware, Wi-Fi and cable TV. All apartments come equipped with washing machines and dryers. The apartments are situated in Oslo's Frogner neighbourhood, within walking distance from CAS.
Offices and seminar rooms
CAS offers bright and pleasant offices, as well as common spaces where scholars from different groups can mingle.
Each office is equipped with a desk, bookshelves, and up-to-date desktop computers. All computers are connected to CAS' network via wired or wireless high-speed internet.
The research groups often use the Turret Room for smaller seminars and workshops (capacity: twenty-five people). This room is located on the top floor of the building and is also used for daily lunches.
For larger conferences and seminars, groups may book the conference hall at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
CAS partners with Food.Farm for lunch deliveries. The company offers deliveries from local kitchens, meaning fellows select their own meals from a variety of cuisines (including gluten free and vegetarian options) on a daily basis at a subsidised price.
All fellows and members of the administration eat lunch together at noon in the Turret Room, which helps foster a collegial atmosphere at CAS.
IT and library services
IT and library services are managed by the CAS administration.
CAS recognises that not all families are the same. The administration will therefore work with fellows to find the institution that best suits their children. Some of the schools and kindergartens CAS has previously worked with include:
Lycée Français René Cassin d'Oslo
Deutsche Schule Oslo
Ruseløkka skole (Norwegian school known for successfully integrating international students)
Northern Lights International School
Manglerud skole (English classes only for children ages 6 through 9)