This guidance is for students who were awarded their Techne funding starting from autumn 2019 onwards. If you began your Techne funding between 2014 and 2018, please see here instead.
Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)
This may be used to support study visits and conference attendance, as well as other research costs which are necessary for the student’s primary research, for example, consumables or exhibition costs. The Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) can be used to enable doctoral students to undertake overseas and UK study visits, attend conferences, and to cover other primary research costs, e.g. consumables or artist materials. The amount available for the entire period of your PhD is £1,750.
Students funded by the AHRC through Techne can apply for an extension of up to six months to their maintenance payments, and for other financial support, to help them undertake work placements or other career enhancement activities (CEAs). CEAs should not be exclusively related to the core research of the PhD, but enable students to develop a wider set of skills, experience or understanding which will enhance their careers. The application will include the ability to claim for travel and subsistence and course/training costs.
Examples of CEAs might include:
Work placements with non-HEI organisations such as Techne Partners
Other forms of engagement with non-HEI organisations
Training related to career development, acquiring high level methodological skills or demanding discipline-specific skills
Students who have applied for 4 years funding will need to complete a CEA application form at the end of year 1 confirming that their ‘activity’ will be taking place and the period over which it will happen.
For October 2019 entry onwards, Techne AHRC doctoral students were able to apply for 3.5 or 4 years of funded study in their original applications. Those awarded 3.5 years of funding may apply for up to six months additional maintenance and fees, and an extension to submission date, up to a maximum of four years. Applications for extensions can be submitted at any time up to 12 months before the original submission deadline and must be supported by the supervisor.
Research Activity Enhancement funds will be awarded to outstanding students who can prove that the additional time will achieve at least one of the three goals of this fund:
significantly enhance the doctoral research project in ways that could not have been foreseen at the time of application
support students where the nature of the PhD has changed significantly since the application (where the change is for research-based reasons)
increase the impact of the doctoral research project out-with the academy
Please note that for extensions on the basis of research activity there is not provision for travel costs. Any additional costs should be supported through RTSG.