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AXA Fellowships



An AXA Fellowship is awarded for a period of 2 years.


Up to 125.000€ are allocated. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit a carefully calibrated budget.


Candidate should be maximum PhD+ 5 years with proven scientific excellence and high potential for innovation, transformation and dissemination.

What is an AXA Fellowship?

The AXA Fellowship is a funding scheme aiming at supporting young promising researchers on a priority topic aligned with AXA and the Society. Our support should be transformative for the researcher and the advancement of her/his research field.

Selection rate 2018: 20%



Host institutions must be registered in the AXA Research Fund’s database

Institutions can apply only when a projects call is open.

Institution can present only one candidate for the whole institution (and not one per department, faculty or laboratory)

Institutions hosting an AXA Chair cannot request for an extra Post-Doctoral fellowship for a researcher working on the AXA Chairholder's team.


Candidate should be maximum PhD+ 5 years wiht proven scientific excellence and high potential for innovation, transformation and dissemination. Candidates must have already defended their PhD before applying for an AXA Fellowship.

Research Program

The research program should demonstrate its scientific originality and innovative nature. Projects selected for funding are expected to start the latest one year after the result's announcement.


Step 1: Expression of interest

To apply for our scheme, host academic institutions will first indicate their interest in participating in the call. Details about the profile of the candidate (name, PhD date) and the research project (title, one-page description) should be submitted to

Step 2: Full application

Please submit a full application in English on our partner the European Science Foundation's online platform by the deadline. Access to the platforme will be given to institutions by the ESF.

Step 3: Rebuttal

Candidates will have the opportunity to respond online to the academic experts' comments on their application before their applications are reviewed by the AXA Research Fund panels.

Step 4: Results Announcement

Results will be displayed on our website and applicants will receive an official communication.

Download the Call for Proposals

New call for proposals on ocean, marine biodiversity and conflict prevention

Application Process

  1. Expression of interest

  2. Full application

  3. Rebuttal

  4. Results announcement

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