Research at CAS is exclusively group- and project-based. Unlike most other institutes for advanced study, CAS does not invite individual scholars to work on their own projects. 

CAS hosts three research projects a year, one from each of the broadly defined fields of:

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

The projects 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 plan 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 the project -- whether for an entire year or for a few months. 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.  

Funding and partnerships

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 partners with Norwegian universities and university colleges to strengthen fundamental research. The partnerships, which last for five years and may be renewed, are structured to benefit CAS, the institutions, and the scholars themselves. 

  • Scholars employed in permanent research positions at CAS' partner institutions are granted extra sabbatical leave during their stay
  • Partner institutions earn publication points for research published during or after a stay at CAS, potentially increasing their share of the performance-based funding allocated by the Norwegian government

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 fellows who would otherwise be unable to participate in the project.

CAS services

CAS 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.

In addition to its research facilities and support services, CAS also offers accommodation for out-of-town fellows, reimburses travel expenses, and covers 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.

Accommodation

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 furnished with a desk, bookshelves, and up-to-date desktop computers. All computers are connected to CAS' network via wired or wireless high-speed internet. Fellows can also bring their own laptops.

Conferences

CAS projects often use the Turret Room (capacity: 25 people) for smaller seminars and workshops. This room is located on the top floor of the Centre.

CAS partners with a number of other conference space providers in Oslo to accommodate projects that wish to host larger conferences and seminars.

Lunch

CAS partners with Food.Farm for lunch deliveries. The company offers deliveries from local kitchens, and 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

CAS is equipped with copiers, printers, and scanners.

A computer engineer from USIT (University Centre for Information Technology) at the University of Oslo (UiO) holds office hours at CAS every Tuesday and Friday.

CAS fellows have access to UiO’s library resources. Fellows can visit the university library, access library resources electronically, or request interlibrary loans through the Oria service.

Family services

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)