AXA Research Fund

AXA Chairs

All you need to know about the AXA Chairs



An AXA Chair is awarded for a period of 5 years


200.000€ per year for 5 years maximum

Prospective Chairholder

The prospective Chairholder is expected to be PhD + 10 years minimum

No call for projects is currently open

(information regarding the next one will be available later this year)


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

Selection rate:

Spring 2018: 20%

Fall 2018 : 28.5%



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 should demonstrate its scientific originality and innovative nature.

How to Apply?

Step 1: Expression of interest

Please submit through our online application platform: details about the candidate (birth date and PhD defence date), short CV (3 pages) and research programme's title and description (3000 characters including spaces)

Step 2: Full application

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

Step 3: Rebuttal

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

Step 4: Video presentation

Upon request: a 3 minutes video presentation of the prospective Chairholder and of the research program.

Chair Application Guidelines 2019


Key Dates

Spring campaign – April 2019

  1. Expression of interestMarch 18 - April 22, 2019

  2. Full applicationJune 14, 2019

  3. RebuttalSeptember 9 - 16, 2019

  4. Video presentationOctober 21, 2019

  5. Results announcementNovember 30, 2019

Key Dates

Fall campaign – November 2019

  1. Expression of interestSeptember 18 - October 21, 2019

  2. Full applicationNovember 26, 2019

  3. RebuttalFebruary 13-20, 2020

  4. Video presentation (upon request only)March 16, 2020

  5. Results announcementApril 30, 2020

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