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The AXA Chair scheme is intended to support a significant step change in the development of a Research area within a host Institution and to contribute in a distinctive way to the development of that Research area in line with the Institution’s long term strategy. It aims at creating an academic full-time position in the host Institution and at fostering a step-change in the career of the appointed AXA Professor.

Each year, the AXA Research Fund dedicates up to eight (8) million euros to support four (4) to eight (8) Chairs. An AXA Chair is supported through a single endowment payment. The duration of the scheme is the prerogative of the Institution and may range from 5 to 30 years, although long-term partnerships (10 to 30 years) are favored by the Scientific Board, their transformative nature being considered higher.

The AXA Research Fund requires a specific Candidate (inaugural Candidate for Successional Chairs) to be presented, and the Candidate commits to take up the position, if awarded. Once the Institution enters into an agreement with the AXA Research Fund, it is expected to invest the lump sum and use the resulting income towards the costs of the Chair.
Institutions may apply for either:

  • AXA Permanent Chair Position to be held by an individual Chair holder;
  • AXA Successional Chair Programme where the endowment will serve to support a succession of temporary short-term appointments.

To apply for an AXA Chair, host institutions must be registered in the AXA Research Fund’s database and located within the geographical scope (reviewed on a yearly basis) as stated in the below table.


Member states of the European Union, Iceland, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland

Central and latin America

Brazil, Colombia, Mexico

Africa and middle East

Bahrain, Israel, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, The United Arab Emirates

Asia Pacific

China, Honk Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam


There are two closing dates upon which you are able to submit your application for a selection in 2016, bearing in mind that your Institution is allowed to submit only one application per year:

1. December 4th, 2015 (noon Paris time) with AXA Scientific Board’s decision to be released on April 29th, 2016.

2. May 27th, 2016 (noon Paris time) with AXA Scientific Board’s decision to be released on November 30th, 2016.

Modus Operandi

To find out more about the selection process for each type of funding and the dates of our annual funding campaigns, download the modus operandi :