Friday, 6 January 2012

Urgent deadline AXA Research Fund Postdoctoral and PhD Fellowship Schemes

AXA Research Fund have launched their 2012 Postdoctoral Fellowship and PhD Fellowship schemes.

The deadline for receipt of the names of potential candidates is 5pm on Friday 13th January.

Details can be found at: and

In essence, the proposed research must fall within the scope of one of the following risk areas:

Life risks

  • Longevity and long-term care
  • Emerging biomedical risks
  • Addictions and at-risk behaviour

Socio Economic Risks

  • Geopolitical risks
  • Financial, economic and social risks
  • Major corporate risks

Environmental risks

  • Climate disasters
  • Socio-economic consequences of natural disasters
  • Risks arising from climate change

Further details of these themes can be found at

This year AXA have adopted a 2-stage approach for both Postdoctoral and PhD schemes.

Round 1 invites universities to indicate in which *research fields* it considers that it will submit applications for these schemes. The eligible research fields are as follows:

  • Biology & Biochemistry
  • Biology & Genetics
  • Economics & Business
  • Environment/Ecology
  • Geosciences
  • Immunology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience & Behavior
  • Plant & animal Science
  • Psychiatry/Psychology
  • Social Sciences, General

For the research fields we put forward , we are invited to provide some accompanying text on the strengths of the University in this area and any other 'relevant information'.

The deadline for submitting our chosen research fields is noon on January19th. We will then hear from AXA how many candidates we can put forward in each scheme, but these will not exceed 2, and may be less!

*What we need at this stage.*

To determine which research fields we put forward from Edinburgh, we need to know who the potential candidates are.

If you have a potential candidate, can you email to:

  • their name
  • which of the 12 research areas and 10 risk areas they would apply for

*by 5pm on Friday 13th January*.

Depending on the number of candidates proposed at this stage, we may need an internal filtering of research areas to maximise the chances of success.

Please note that it is not until Round 2 that institutions will be required to submit the names of candidates. This round opens on January 26th and closes on March 1st. It is at this stage that Research Policy Group will determine which candidates represent Edinburgh based upon the number we are invited to field. These candidates will then be approached directly by AXA and invited to complete the application paperwork by noon on March 29th, with the results of the competitions announced on June 29th.

For further information on the schemes, or the University's process, please contact

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