AXA Chairs

Duration : 5 years
Amount : 200.000€ per annum
Profile : PhD +10 minimum

About the program

AXA Chairs

The AXA Chair is a highly selective funding scheme for senior researchers intended to support significant advancements in the development of a research area within a host institution that is in line with its long-term strategy. It aims at creating a full-time academic position in the host institution and fostering a step change in the career of the appointed AXA Professor.

AXA funding is very special since it allows for an undisturbed study that leads to great results in the field.

Dagmar Haase AXA Chairholder Professor of Landscape Ecology at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany


Who can apply


Host institutions must be registered in the AXA Research Fund’s database. Host Institutions can submit only one candidate for the whole institution (and not one per department, faculty or laboratory).

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 must demonstrate its scientific originality and innovative character, as well as be part of the three main research fields we support: health, climate, and new technologies and socioeconomics. 

When to apply

AXA Chairs Key Dates

The AXA chairs is awarded once per year.
You can find the key application dates for this year (see the guidelines)

Expression of interest

September 18 - October 05, 2023

Full application

October 23 - November 20, 2023


March 04 - March 11, 2024

Online Q&A session with the Scientific Board (if shortlisted)

March 18 - May 31, 2024

Results announcement

June 03 - June 28, 2024

How to apply

Application process

Submitting an application is a multi-step process: 

Step 1

Expression of interest

Register on our dedicated online platform:  Once registered, you can submit the candidate’s details (date of birth and date of PhD defense), a short CV (3 pages) and title and description of the research program (3000 characters, spaces included).   

Step 2

Full application

Candidates will be invited to submit a full application through our online application platform. Application must be submitted in English by the deadline. Applications received after the deadline won’t be eligible. 

Step 3


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

Step 4

Online Q&A session

A Q&A session is held with the Scientific Board's members for shortlisted candidates only. The date of the Q&A is to be communicated in due time


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