Group Leadership

Acknowledged researchers who hold permanent research posts 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 scholars doing their own projects. At CAS, researchers work in groups.

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

The academic work at CAS focuses on the analytical stage of the research process: processing, synthesising, theorisation, and the communication of research results take centre stage.

There are no laboratory facilities at CAS. All laboratory work, field work, and the collection of data must be completed before the CAS year commences.

Since the central tenet of CAS is to facilitate daily intellectual contact and dialogue, group leaders must be based at CAS each working day throughout the research year; the core members of the research group are also expected to be present throughout the year, which runs from August 15 to June 30.

Research Group Membership

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

Planning for research year

CAS recruits research groups two years in advance of each research year. Hence, the chosen group leaders plan the research projects for two years before their stay 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.

Round 1: Brief project outline

Group leader candidates must hold a permanent scientific position at one of CAS’ partners. 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 16: Deadline for submitting brief project proposals. Please follow the Project description requirements (pdf).

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 researchers eager to commit themselves to a long-term 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 researchers. The group must also consist of up to two promising postdocs/PhD-students.
  • This final outline must include a list of senior 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.