AXA Research Fund - 2021 Call for Post-Doctoral Fellowship Proposals


AXA Research Fund


Call for Post-Doctoral Fellowship Proposals


The AXA Research Fund is looking at supporting post-doctoral research in understanding the impact of harmful substances on human health, and in investigating the way they are – and could be – regulated, as well as the role of public health policy and the costs for the economy and the insurance business.
Projects will focus on issues around – but not limited to – the following areas:
  • the specific study of the next concerning substances and their impact on human health and the environment,
  • the development of green toxicology and prevention around hazardous chemicals,
  • the role of public policy, especially looking comparatively, in developing actions to protect human health and to measure the effects of these substances,
  • economic costs of exposures to concerning substances, and recommendations to be made for policy makers and the insurance business.

The final objective is to develop better knowledge of harmful substance risk for human health, inform and optimize public health policy, and feed insurance risk models and investment strategies.


Applicant Eligibility
AXA Fellowships aim at supporting promising early-career researchers, defined as no more than five years past the completion of their PhD, on a topic aligned with AXA’s priorities and societal challenges. The support of AXA Research Fund should be transformative for the researcher and the advancement of their field.
Candidates should be of the highest caliber and have demonstrated outstanding research achievements, as evidenced by the usual indicators for assessing academic excellence such as research outputs (e.g., publications), research activities (e.g., organizing networks, being involved in communities) and research impact (e.g. , policy report, specific recognition through awards, etc.). Candidates must be awarded their PhD before they submit their Expression of Interest. AXA Fellowships aim at supporting promising early-career researchers who hold a PhD (but for no longer than five years).
Institution Eligibility
The project calls are global. However, the AXA Research Fund partners with academic institutions only; thus, NGOs, governmental bodies, foundations, independent research centers, cultural institutions (such as museums), hospitals are not eligible. Each institution can present at most ONE CANDIDATE (and not one per department, faculty, or laboratory). In
case of several Expressions of Interest submitted from a single institution, all applications would be disqualified. Institutions hosting an AXA Chair cannot request an extra Post-Doctoral fellowship for a researcher working on the AXA Chairholder's team.

Maximum Project Value

An AXA Fellowship is awarded for a maximum amount of 125,000€ in total, to be spent over the two years. It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit a carefully calibrated budget, appropriate for the ambition of the research program and justified in a detailed and coherent manner. The budget will help cover:
  • Annual salary of the researcher (based on institution internal policy)
  • Equipment/resources (databases, survey costs, consumables, etc.), academic activities (conferences, workshops, fieldwork, etc.)
  • Outreach activities (beyond academic audiences).
Any other type of costs not listed above should be justified in the application template. No overhead costs can be eligible. No additional budget will be granted. Budget reallocation during an ongoing project must be strongly justified.
Host institutions will be expected to participate in the AXA Fellowship’s general funding with studentships, PhD support and material resources related to the research program. The institution should demonstrate this participation in the section dedicated to the budget in the application form. Grants should not substitute for the host institution’s responsibilities vis-à-vis its researchers. As a result, the grant cannot be used to procure basic laboratory equipment.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

2 years.

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit the completed EOI form along with a signed OR-5 form to

Please note: only one application may be submitted by the University of Guelph. If required, applications will be adjudicated with input from the AVP Research Services and/or Research Services Council.

External Deadline

Applicant to submit EOI through the online application system by 10am ET (4pm Paris time).

Please note: You will receive an email confirming that your EOI has been submitted. If you don’t receive the email, please check your spam folder or contact

Internal Deadline

Please submit full proposal to

External Deadline

Applicant to submit full proposal on the ESF platform by 10am ET (4pm Paris time). Link to ESF platform will be provided at a later date.

How to Apply

For more information on this call and how to apply, please visit their website and review the program guidelines.

For Questions, please contact

For program related inquires, please contact:

Office of Research

Vanessa Knox, Awards and Agreements Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x53429

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