Each year, we host three research groups working within and across the following fields:

Our primary objective is to further excellent research by providing our fellows with uninterrupted time for research.

The research groups stay at CAS in Drammensveien 78, Oslo, for one academic year. Each project receives a roughly NOK 3.5 million grant.

Who can apply?

All faculty members who hold permanent research positions at CAS' partner institutions in Norway are eligible to submit a project proposal, and assemble and lead the corresponding research group at CAS.

The Centre’s partner institutions are:

University of Oslo (UiO), University of Bergen (UiB), UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT), University of Stavanger (UiS), University of Agder (UiA), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Norwegian Business School (BI), Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society (MF), Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and Center for International Climate and Environmental Research Oslo (CICERO).

The agreements the Centre have with the partners indicate that both project leaders and group members employed in permanent research positions at these institutions will be granted sabbatical leave with full salary for the duration of their stay at CAS. The project leaders are responsible for ensuring that researchers from the Centre’s partner institutions apply to their respective research institutions for sabbatical leave at least one year in advance.

Project leaders can invite researchers from around the world at any stage of their careers to participate in the project -- whether for an entire year or for a few months. CAS projects often include Ph.D. candidates and/or postdoctoral fellows, which promotes career development and mentorship.

Researchers not employed by one of the Centre’s partner institutions should preferably use their own sabbatical / research term during their stay at CAS. If this is not possible, CAS can arrange for buy-out / teaching replacement costs to be covered by the project’s budget.

What we offer: a generous service platform and a unique research infrastructure

CAS offers a unique research infrastructure, an extensive service platform, and an inspiring, collegial atmosphere. CAS offers:

  • eight pleasant and well-equipped office spaces (six offices) per project.
  • IT and library services.
  • assistance with conference and workshop planning.
  • help with accommodations (for researchers not based in Oslo).
  • help with finding kindergartens and/or schools (for researchers bringing family members).
  • subsidised lunch.

There are no laboratory facilities at CAS. All laboratory work, fieldwork, and collection of data should be completed before the year at CAS begins. As a result, the work at CAS should focus on the analytical stage of the research; the processing, synthesising, theorisation, and communication of research results.

Since the central tenet of CAS is to facilitate daily intellectual dialogue, the project leaders must be based at CAS throughout the academic year, which runs from 15 August to 30 June. It is also expected that fellows, while in residence at CAS, will work full-time on issues relevant to the project.

What does the funding cover?

The current budget frame for each project is NOK 3.500.000. The funds should cover:

  • Travel and accommodation expenses for visiting scholars and their family members.
  • Seminars and conferences.
  • Publication expenses while in residency at CAS.
  • Child care and school expenses.
  • Buy-out/teaching replacement expenses for scholars not associated with our partner institutions, and who have no sabbatical.

How to apply

CAS is currently reviewing its application process, and will revise the requirements for the applications.

Previously, the application process consisted of two rounds, where a project overview was to be submitted in the initiating round, followed by an in-depth application to be peer reviewed in the second round. The Centre has decided to move away from this type of application process, to have one round of applications and a peer review.

In addition,  the time from the projects have been selected to their stay at CAS will be shortened and the projects will from now on be selected one year ahead of their stay. This means that the Centre will not have a call for applications this autumn, but will wait until 2021.

More details about the new application process will follow.

The selection process

The CAS Board of Directors will in February determine which of the submitted proposals will proceed to the next round. At that point, applicants will be asked to draw up a full project outline, which will be reviewed by international experts. The full project outline must also include a list of Norwegian and international scholars interested in participating in the project. 

The final selection of the three projects will be announced in September. CAS will assist project leaders during the two-year planning phase leading up to the year at the centre.


CAS is currently not accepting applications.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at cas@cas.oslo.no.