Applications for the 2020/21 academic year are closed.

  • CAS will begin accepting applications for the 2021/22 academic year in October 2018.


Each year, CAS hosts three interdisciplinary research groups working within the fields of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The groups comprise leading academics from around the world and are led by eminent scholars affiliated with CAS' partner institutions in Norway.

CAS' primary objective is to strengthen fundamental research by providing outstanding scholars with the opportunity to collaborate on projects across disciplinary and national boundaries.

Group leaders assemble their research groups from among national and international colleagues. Each group receives a roughly NOK 3.5 million grant, and scholars affiliated with CAS' partner institutions are granted sabbatical leave during their stay. Scholars affiliated with other institutions may have their teaching replacement costs covered.

CAS offers a unique research infrastructure and service platform, including apartments for visiting scholars, event support, IT and library services, and more.

How to apply

To apply, group leader candidates must submit a project description (maximum 4 pages) addressing:

  • the originality of the proposed inquiry and its potential scientific impact in its specific field of research
  • the potential added value from gathering a research group at CAS

Additionally, group leader candidates must submit a short CV (maximum 2 pages) listing:

  • relevant publications from the last five years
  • involvement in the proposed field of research
  • project management experience

Successful applicants will:

  • clearly demonstrate their standing as leading scholars in their field
  • pitch innovative fundamental research projects that emphasise interdisciplinary and international collaboration


  • Each project can have no more than two group leaders
  • Group leader candidates must be employed in a permanent research position at one of CAS' partner institutions
  • Group leader candidates must inform the head of their department or institute about the project proposal
  • The project proposal will be assessed by people with extensive research experience but who are not necessarily experts in the applicants’ fields
  • It is not necessary to deliver budget proposals at this stage of the process

The selection process

The CAS Board of Directors determines which of the submitted proposals will proceed to the next round. At that point, group leader candidates will be asked to draw up a full project description for a second round of evaluation. The project description at this stage must also include an overview of relevant Norwegian and international scholars interested in a residency at CAS. 

It is essential that the group has a strong international presence, and that it consists of high-profile scholars with international publications, as well as up to two promising postdoctoral or Ph.D. students. 

Scientific merit is the only criterion used in CAS' evaluation process, which includes an extensive international peer review. The final selection of the three projects is announced in September. CAS will assist group leaders during the two-year planning phase leading up to the year in residency.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email

Applications for the 2020/21 academic year are closed.