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AXA Chairs

The AXA Chair is the premium funding scheme of the AXA Research Fund. It aims at :

  • creating a dedicated full-time senior academic position in an institution
  • supporting a significant acceleration in the development of a research field
  • fostering a step-change in the career of the appointed AXA Professor



Academic Institutions located within countries belonging to the AXA Community are invited to apply. Please access the list of eligible countries here.

Prospective Chairholder

The prospective Chairholder is expected to be at least PhD + 10 years minimum, to be of the highest caliber and should have demonstrated outstanding research achievements.

Research program

The research program should demonstrate its scientific originality and innovative nature.

How to Apply?

Step 1: Expression of interest

Please submit prospective chairholder’s name, PhD date, title of the research program and one-page description of the research project to

Step 2: Full application

Please submit a full application in English by the deadline. Application received after the deadline won’t be eligible.

Step 3: Rebuttal

Candidates will have the opportunity to respond the reviewers' comments before their application are submitted to the AXA Research Fund's Scientific Board.

Step 4: Video presentation

A 3 minutes video presentation of the prospective Chairholder and of the research program.

Key Dates

Spring campaign – April 2019

  • Expression of interest - April 22, 2019
  • Full application - June 14, 2019
  • Rebuttal - September 9-16, 2019
  • Video presentation - October 21, 2019
  • Results announcement - November 30, 2019

Fall campaign – November 2019

  • Expression of interest - September 18 - October 21, 2019
  • Full application - November 26, 2019
  • Rebuttal - February 13-20, 2020
  • Video presentation - March 16, 2020
  • Results announcement - April 30, 2020
Application date
5 years
Africa : Algeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, South Africa
America : Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, United States (Great Lakes) (Mid-Atlantic) (Mid-West / Plains) (New England) (Pacific) (Rocky Mountain) (South East) (South West)
Asia : Azerbaijan, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand
Europe : Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France (North-East) (North-West) (Paris Île-de-France) (South-East) (South-West), Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, United Kingdom, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine
Middle East : Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
Oceania : Australia
Social sciences
Required post-doc experience
Between 10 and 99 years