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Research Training Frameworks

The aim of the Research Training Frameworks (RTFs) is to set out to award holders, Research Organisations (ROs), doctoral students and early career researchers (ECRs), what the AHRC considers to be appropriate and relevant preparation and training for those that it funds. Students should be enabled to produce high-quality doctorates, and all researchers should be enabled to develop a range of skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for their future employment.

There are two separate RTFs: one for doctoral students and one for Early Career Researchers.

The RTFs set a minimum threshold of expected provision, founded on a needs-based approach to providing research training for individual researchers in the arts and humanities. The AHRC aims are integrated with the UKRI approach, outlined in the statement of expectations regarding researcher development, and can be found at the following links:

AHRC’s current RTFs have evolved from a single RTF covering both doctoral students and ECRs which were introduced in 2004 and updated in December 2011.


Questions on the AHRC’s RTFs can be directed to researcher.development@ahrc.ukri.org.