AXA Research Fund for PhD in Science, Technology and Social Sciences

Deadline: 17 February 2012
Open to: excellent international holders of the Master’s degree, nominated by their Departments
Fellowship: approx €40,000 per year, for up to three years

The AXA Research Fund’s mission is to help understand the world’s major transformations, their impact and related risks.

The AXA Group has created this new Fund to encourage research in a number of disciplines that touch on the risks, challenges and major transformations that affect our rapidly changing world. The Fund will award 100 million Euros over five years to finance innovative research.

The AXA Fund finances projects that concern the major transformations of the modern world and their associated impact and risks to man and the environment. This approach exclusively concerns the following domains:
Finance and economics
Social sciences

Specified fields of research are:
– Longevity, long-term care, age-related diseases
– Climate change & associated risks and impacts
– Risk assessment and measurement techniques
– Economic agents’ behavior when facing risks
– Adaptability of organizations

Duration of funding:
Funding of PhDs lasts for 3 years, under condition: institutions must submit to the Fund an annual report on the advancement of the PhD. research.


Applicants must have completed a Masters degree before they commence their PhD. There is no age or citizenship/nationality restriction.

1. The applicant’s academic excellence, judged on the high standard of his or her master and the quality of previous course work.

2. The originality of the Ph.D. project, its feasibility (access to the resources, etc.) and the impact of its potential outcomes.

3. The international scope of the host research laboratory.


Approx €40,000 per year, for up to three years

Application procedure

Students who would like to be considered for the AXA PhD Fellowship are asked to discuss this with their supervisor/Department. It will be the responsibility of the academic Departments/Schools to nominate a limited number or their chosen candidates to the Graduate School for selection. The internal deadline for Departmental/School nominations is 7 March 2011.

Names of shortlisted candidates will be put forward by the Graduate School to the AXA Research Fund for consideration, and AXA will make contact with the proposed candidates, who will have one month to provide more detailed information on their application. Once the selection of applications has been made, AXA will contact each candidate to inform him or her of its decision.

Contact details

Contact at King’s Research & Graduate School
Support Section Graduate School
5.24 Waterloo Bridge Wing,
Franklin Wilkins Building
Waterloo Campus
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 3376/3389
Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 3328

The official webpage.

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