Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Duration : 2 years
Amount : 140.000€ per annum
Profile : PHD +5 maximum

About the program

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The AXA Fellowship is a funding scheme aimed at supporting young promising researchers on a priority topic aligned with AXA and the Society.

I received intensive training as an AXA Research Fellow which led to my receiving the Pre-term Birth Prevention & Management (PRIME) Award. I hope to apply the skills acquired at the University of Cape Town, but also in my home country, Kenya.

Nadia Chanzu-Ikumi AXA Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Cape town, South Africa


Who can apply


Host institutions must be registered in the AXA Research Fund’s database.  Institutions can apply only when a call for projects is open. Projects which are not directly linked to the call for proposals' topics are not eligible.  Institutions 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.  

Prospective Fellow

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

Research program

The research program should demonstrate its scientific originality and innovative nature. Projects selected for funding are expected to start less than one year after the result's announcement, click here to see the guidelines

When to apply

Post-Doctoral Fellowships Key Dates

The AXA Fellowship is awarded once per year. You can find the key application dates for this year: 

Expression of interest

April 17 - May 15, 2023

Full application

June 01 - June 29, 2023


September 29 - October 03, 2023

Results announcement

December 01 - December 31, 2023

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 in English, on our partner's platform, the European Science Foundation's, by the deadline. Applications received after the deadline won’t be eligible. Access to the platform will be given to institutions by the ESF. 

Step 3


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

Step 4

Results Announcement

The results will be published on our website as well as sent to the candidates through an official communication. 


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