University of Southern California


AXA Chairs

Slots:                                     1

Internal Deadline:             Monday, October 5th, noon PT

Expression of Interest:    October 16th, 2020, 4pm CET

External Deadline:            November 20, 4pm CET

Award Type:                       Grant. The grant shall be paid in yearly installments, following the Institution’s submission of calls for funds and an official start email at the beginning of the project. The payments will be processed in accordance with a schedule stipulated in the agreement.

Who May Serve as PI:     Strong preference will be given to Institutions hiring a Chairholder from another Institution. AXA Chairs are not intended to substitute for an internal promotion.

Process for Limited Submissions: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

More information about the award: AXARF_Chair application guidelines_2020_FINAL(2)

Materials to submit include:

(1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.

(2) CV of prospective Chair candidate – (5 pages maximum)

Purpose:                              The AXA Chair is a highly selective funding scheme 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 area in line with the Institution’s long-term strategy. It aims at creating a full-time academic position in the host Institution and fostering a step-change in the career of the appointed AXA Professor. The host Institution must intend to create a permanent full-time position. The AXA Research Fund requires the presentation of a specific candidate, who, if awarded, commits to take up the position. To learn more about the AXA Research Fund: Funded research topics are included in the attached PDF.

Budget Info:                       Host Institutions will be expected to participate in the Chair’s general funding through studentships, post-doctoral support and material resources related to the research program. The Institution shall demonstrate this participation in the application.