Former participants often describe their time at CAS Oslo as the most productive year of their career. One key to success is that CAS Oslo provides the whole package: CAS researchers only need to bring their personal belongings.

Three research groups each year

Following a thorough application process, the CAS board of directors selects outstanding researchers from Norwegian universities to lead groups of international academics for a one-year residency. Each year there are three research groups from the following areas:

  • humanities/theology
  • social science/law
  • natural science/medicine/mathematics

Group research at CAS Oslo

Unlike most other Centres for Advanced Study, CAS Oslo does not invite individual scholars to work on their own projects: at CAS Oslo we work in research groups.

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Group leaders are connected to one of the CAS partner institutions. The agreement between CAS Oslo and its partner institutions ensures that the year’s research at CAS Oslo is counted as an extra sabbatical year for each leader, that is, it stands in addition to the customary period of leave allocated for research purposes. This is also the case for research group members who are connected to partner institutions; when they are invited to join a research team by a group leader, their CAS Oslo residency gives them an extra sabbatical year.

Publication points are awarded to the researcher’s home institutions for their year at CAS Oslo.

Each group has some members whose affiliation to CAS Oslo is for the whole academic year, and some who participate in the research for shorter periods of time.

The groups also include one or two PhD candidates and/or postdoctoral fellows: this helps us to pass on the importance of research to future generations of academics.

Each year, forty to forty-five researchers from around ten to fifteen countries participate in the CAS projects.  

Finances: No loss, no gain

CAS Oslo is mainly funded by the Norwegian government’s Ministry of Education and Research (Kunnskapsdepartementet).

CAS Oslo is also funded indirectly through agreements with participating Norwegian institutions. Through these agreements the salaries of CAS fellows are met by their home institutions.

The group leaders manage the budget allocated to their group by CAS Oslo.

Researchers who are not employed by any of the CAS partner institutions are encouraged to use their sabbatical to participate in a CAS project. However, the group leader’s budget may cover the costs for a substitute member of staff to be supplied to a university in order to enable the participation of overseas scholars who would otherwise be unable to take a sabbatical.

With regard to the research fellows, CAS Oslo operates on the principle of 'no loss—no gain’. In other words, fellows do not receive an economic gain from their stay at CAS Oslo; nor do they suffer financially.

Enabled by CAS Oslo services, group members are free from academic responsibilities other than their research.

CAS Oslo services

CAS Oslo is located at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo, which founded CAS in 1989. It is run by a scientific director and an administrative team.

CAS Oslo provides the whole package, including the usual range of research facilities and an array of support services managed by the CAS administration team.

Accommodation, travel costs, and expenses—such as school or kindergarten fees—are covered by CAS Oslo. Visiting researchers may also receive a stipend (per diem) to cover additional living expenses during their visit.

See also: Organisation

Accommodation

CAS Oslo has apartments of various sizes available to accommodate visiting fellows. Whether an apartment or hotel room is allocated depends on the length of stay and whether a fellow is accompanied by family members. The accommodation is located near CAS Oslo. The administration team assists with all practical matters, including helping researchers to find appropriate schools for their children.

Frequently used schools:

Lycée français Rene Cassin
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)

Offices and seminar rooms

CAS Oslo offers bright, well-equipped offices, and group study and seminar rooms.

Conferences

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.

Lunch

Subsidised lunches are provided daily, helping to maintain an open social environment.

IT and library services

IT and library services are managed by the CAS administration team.