Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) at The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

The Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) supports excellent, fundamental and curiosity-driven research. CAS’ primary objective is to provide its fellows with uninterrupted time to work on problems that do not have to yield short-term returns.

Each year, CAS hosts three research groups working on projects within and across the fields of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. All faculty members who hold permanent research positions at CAS’ partner institutions in Norway are eligible to submit a project proposal and to assemble their international dream team of prominent researchers.

The research groups stay at CAS, situated at the stately premises of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo, for one academic year.

The Centre accepts applications each year. The application deadline is mid-October. All applicants must register as users on UNIFOR.

Read more about CAS at the Centre’s website.


Application deadline 18.10.2021

Call for CAS project applications for 2023/2024

The Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) invites researchers to pursue excellent, fundamental, curiosity-driven research in Oslo during the 2023/2024 academic year. Assemble your international dream team of prominent researchers and apply for a research stay at CAS. The current budget frame for each project is NOK 3.500.000

There are no laboratory facilities at CAS. However, projects involving laboratory work, field work and data collection are welcome to apply to develop the theoretical aspects of their research. Laboratory work, field work and data collection must take place either before the stay at CAS or at another suitable place during the stay.

Read the full call for applications at CAS’ webpage for more information about what we offer and what the funding can cover >


Who may apply?

All faculty members who hold permanent, full-time, tenured academic positions at CAS' partner institutions in Norway are eligible to submit a project proposal, and assemble and lead the corresponding research group at CAS. Project leaders can invite prominent researchers from around the world to participate in their projects. It is preferable to have two project leaders for each project in order to share leadership responsibilities. Project leaders are encouraged to include Ph.D. candidates or postdoctoral fellows for career development and mentorship.

CAS is modelled to further daily intellectual dialogue. The agreements between the Centre and our partner institutions guarantee that project leaders and group members employed in tenured academic positions at these institutions will be granted sabbatical leave with full salary during their stay at CAS.

Scholars not employed by one of the Centre’s partner institutions are normally expected to use their sabbatical leave during their stay at CAS. For researchers for whom this is not a possibility, a portion of the project’s budget may be used to cover teaching replacement costs.

The project participants’ stay at CAS vary from a few months to an entire year. Project leaders must be based at CAS for the duration of the academic year, which runs from 15 August to 30 June. If the project has two leaders, they may during shorter periods of the academic year alternate leadership responsibility if their family situation, laboratory work requirements or other central elements of the project make this necessary. The absent project leader must participate remotely during such periods. Fellows are also expected to work full-time on topics relevant to the project while in residence at CAS.


How to apply


The application must be submitted electronically in UNIFOR’s electronic application system. All documents must be written in English and attached to the application form as PDF files.


- Submit a proposal that clearly illustrates the project's potential as a contribution to excellent, fundamental research.

- Describe how the research at CAS will be led and organised to achieve the objectives of the project.


- A full project description written for specialists in your field (max. 10 A4 pages).

- A CV (for each project leader). Each project can have a maximum of two leaders. The project leader not submitting the application must sign a letter of intent confirming their participation.Download the letter of intent template here.

--- Note: The following CV template must be used. Download the CV template here.

- A letter of support from the head of each project leader’s department (max. one A4 page). Download the letter of support template here.

--- Note: At minimum, the letter must confirm that you will keep your salary, and that you will be released from other duties during your period as a project leader at CAS. We also advise that the letter include a short description of how the project will strengthen and generate value to the research environment at your home institution, even after the year at CAS has concluded.

- A short CV (max. one A4 page) and a signed letter of intent for up to four core members whom you intend to invite to long-term stays at CAS. Download the letter of intent template here.

- A short list of other colleagues involved in the project, describing their background, merits and how they will contribute to the project. Please do not submit CVs for these group members.


- A project abstract (approximately 100 words).

- Primary and secondary objectives of the project (approximately 100 words).

- A description of how a year at CAS will benefit the project (approximately 300 words).

- A detailed work plan for the year at CAS.

- An ethical self-assessment (approximately 200 words).

--- Note: Please read CAS’ guidelines for ethics in research.

- A preliminary budget. See budget frame in the call for applications on our website.

--- Note: The following budget template must be used. Download the template here.

We encourage all applicants to have all documents, attachments and texts finalised and converted to the right format before registering their application in the portal.


If the project requires pre-approval from the Norwegian Data Protection Authority, the Regional Committees for Medical and Health Research Ethics, or a similar body, this must be secured by 22 November 2021. 

Documentation of pre-approval must be submitted as part of the project description in the application portal, or sent by email to Rune Flaten, rune.flaten@cas.oslo.no.

For information about the requirements for the project while at CAS, see “Framework and Requirements for the Project.”


The selection process

Applications that meet our requirements, standard and format will be subject to international peer review.

The CAS Board of Directors will make the final selection in June 2022. CAS will assist project leaders during the planning phase leading up to the groups’ arrival at the Centre in August 2023.

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


CAS has recently revised its applications process and its application form in UNIFOR’s electronic application system. If something is unclear or missing, please let us know.

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