The Norwegian Nobel Institute houses a research unit which assists the Nobel Committee and conducts independent research and dissemination of information throughout the year.
Visiting scholars hold a doctoral degree or the foreign equivalent and have research interests comparable to those of Norwegian Nobel Institute in general and the overall focus of the visiting fellowship program in particular. The main theme changes from year to year.
Visiting scholars are usually on temporary leave from their universities or research centers. They visit the Nobel Institute for relatively short periods of time, usually no longer than three months, give seminars and lectures, collaborate on research projects and publications, and pursue independent research.