AXA Research Fund - 2022 Call for Post-Doctoral Fellowship Proposals


AXA Research Fund


Call for Post-Doctoral Fellowship Proposals.


The AXA Research Fund is seeking to support post-doctoral research geared towards assessing, identifying, quantifying, and understanding the impact climate change has on human health and exploring solutions to mitigate these new health risks.

The AXA Research Fund will look for innovative and transdisciplinary research projects, at local, regional, or global scale, in urban or rural contexts, which will focus on the following areas:

  • Climate change’s impact14 on infectious (dengue, malaria, zoonoses…) and other communicable diseases.

  • Climate change’s impact15 on non-communicable (such as chronic) diseases.

  • Innovative modeling methods and tools for assessing climate change’s risks and impacts on health considering regional differences in exposure and vulnerability.

  • Novel approaches aimed at sustaining adequate supply of safe food and water in the wake of climate change and biodiversity loss.

  • Transformative approaches to make cities healthier and more sustainable – notably through air quality, housing, energy, water, sanitation, and transportation systems as well as nature-based solutions – under climate and environmental impacts.

  • Innovative responses to help health systems cope with the impacts of infectious diseases, heat stress and other climate-related risks as well as the trauma associated with extreme events


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 the AXA Research Fund should be transformative for the researcher and the advancement of their field. To apply for a grant, researchers must not have a permanent (tenured or tenure-track) position.
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, citations), research activities (e.g., organizing networks, being involved in communities) and research impact (e.g., policy reports, specific recognition through awards, etc.). AXA Fellowships aim at supporting promising early-career researchers who have been holding a PhD no longer than five years. Candidates must be awarded their PhD before they submit their Expression of Interest. Candidates must have already defended their PhD certification before applying.
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), and hospitals are not eligible. Each institution can present at most ONE CANDIDATE (for the entire institution, 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 are 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. There is no minimum requirement on the institution’s contribution. However, a larger contribution naturally makes the proposal more attractive. The institution’s participation should be detailed in the budget section of 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.

The AXA Research Fund will formalize its support through a sponsorship agreement to be signed with the host institution.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

2 years.

Special Notes

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 Co


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 AXA RF platform 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). 

How to Apply

For full program details and how to apply, please visit the AXA Fellowships Program web-page.

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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