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Post-Doctoral Fellowships

    • The Junior Research Fellowship (aka Post-Doctoral) funding is granted for a fixed duration of 24 months, for a maximum total of €120 000.
    • To apply for these fellowships, host institutions must be registered in the AXA Research Fund’s database and located within the geographical scope below.
    • The AXA Research Fund does not accept unsolicited applications from individual applicants.
    • The AXA Research Fund does not place restrictions on the nationality of the Junior Research Fellow.
    • The AXA Research Fund’s geographical scope (reviewed on a yearly basis) for Junior Research Fellowship funding includes:

    • Please note that although a given candidate may be presented twice by the same institution, they cannot submit the same proposal twice.
    • Applications must be submitted by the research institution to which the candidate’s host laboratory belongs, and where the post-doctoral work is to be carried out.


1. Institutions registration

 Until Oct. 12, 2014

  • This first step happens only once. Once an institution has been registered with the AXA Research Fund, it becomes part of our community. Institutions are invited to designate a single point of contact responsible for partnerships (Institution Representative) with the AXA Research Fund, and register prior to applying.
  • To check whether your institution is already registered, please visit this page (https://secure-researchfund.axa.com/Public/InstitutionSearch.aspx).
  • For more information on how to register an institution, please visit this page (/how-to-register-an-institution)

2. Institutions request application slots

 Starts Oct. 15, 2014

 Ends Nov. 8, 2014

  • Only registered institutions may apply for a Junior Research Fellowship (see step 1).
  • Institutions wishing to present candidates are asked to fill out an online form and select among 12 research fields representative of their strongholds in terms of fundamental research. The point is to highlight their strengths, values and strategy.
  • Institutions are not limited to these initial choices and are allowed to present candidates in other research fields once they have been informed of the number of applicants they may present
    (from 0 to 4).

NB: Neither applicants’ names nor specific project descriptions are expected at this stage of the process.

3. “Light Proposal step”

Candidates’name dropping:

Starts:Nov. 17, 2014

Ends: Dec. 8, 2014

Light Proposal submissions:

Starts:Nov. 17, 2014

Ends:Dec. 15, 2014

  • The AXA Research Fund relies on Institutions’ operational contact to present candidate(s) on behalf of their Institution by entering her/his name & email address online. Each candidate then receives via email all the necessary information to access the application form.
  • The Junior Research Fellow is responsible for filling out the application form online.
  • Please have the following documents ready for your “Light Proposal” application, in PDF format:

-     Extended synopsis of the postdoctoral project: 1.5 pages max + references;

-     Detailed CV: 2 pages max + ½ page of the most relevant publications;

-     Career statement: 1 page max, detailing link between the PhD thesis and the postdoctoral project, justification of the choice of the host institution, professional objectives of the applicant and how the AXA Research Fund fellowship can contribute to achieving these objectives.

4. “Full Proposal Step”

Starts: Feb. 20,2015

 Ends:Mar. 19, 2015

  • Junior Research Fellows having been successful in the first round of selection are invited to submit a “Full Proposal” application and are responsible for filling out the application form online.
  • Please have the following documents ready for your “Full Proposal” application, in PDF format:

-     Updated detailed CV;

-     Detailed description of the research project: 6 pages max: long term objective and specific aims, rationale, methodology, work plan, budget;

-     Extended list of the most relevant publications: 2 pages max;

-     Participation to colloquia: 2 pages max;

-     Short bio of the future supervisor;

-     List of 10 most relevant publications of the hosting group in the past 3 years;

-     Two Reference letters (1page/letter) which must be submitted separately by their authors (incl. referents’ names and institutions). The first letter is written by the applicant’s Post-Doctoral advisor and the second letter is necessarily written by a different referent, preferably by the applicant’s previous advisor.

5. “Public engagement interviews” by non-academic AXA experts

Starts:Mar. 23, 2015



May 5, 2015

  • Candidates invited to submit the full proposal, will be, in parallel, interviewed by two AXA experts. Their role is to help the AXA Research Fund assess the candidates’ ability to share their research project with a non- academic audience.
  • The AXA experts will get in contact with the candidate to settle up a 20 min interview, to assess:

-     Potential to act as a spokesperson in public debate;

-     Popularization and pedagogical skills;

-     Ability to highlight the value of the research project to society.

6. Review and Selection

The Scientific Board will review the proposals and select the awarded candidates based on the ESF recommendations.

7. Results’ publication

June 10, 2015

As soon as the Board has taken its decision, the AXA Research Fund will inform the institution through the Institution’s representative. Results of the campaign will also be made available online. (/publication-of-results).

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.

Granted projects

€ 131 million committed, 449 research projects supported in 32 countries, 50 different nationalities.

Find out more about granted projects