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AFHEA pathway for doctoral researchers: Eligibility and enrolment

There are a number of stages to applying for AFHEA through the pathway for doctoral researchers. The first stage is enrolling. The following table takes you through each stage in the enrolment process.

Number Description

Stage 1: Read about the process and check eligibility criteria

Before deciding whether you would like to apply for enrolment on this scheme it is vital that you have a good understanding of what AFHEA means, and a clear idea of what the process involves and how much work it will be. You will find all this information in the handbook. You should also read through the eligibility criteria carefully, and make sure that you meet them.


Stage 2: Watch PSF screencast

Given that the Professional Standards Framework (PSF) underpins every aspect of Fellowship applications, applicants need a deep understanding of this Framework. Before engaging any further with the scheme your next step as a potential applicant should be to watch the PSF screencast and to look at the PSF section of the 'Resources' page.


Stage 3: Discuss with your supervisor

If you are interested in applying to enrol onto the scheme you should discuss this with your supervisor. They will be able to advise whether they believe you will be able to complete the AFHEA pathway alongside your PhD studies and other commitments, bearing in mind that the successful completion of your PhD should be your priority.


Stage 4: Complete application for enrolment form

If you meet the eligibility criteria and you have the approval of your supervisor, you can then apply for enrolment on the scheme by sending in the enrolment form. The completed form should be sent to Dr Pam Stuart at the Doctoral and Researcher College (

The enrolment form asks for details of your teaching experiences, as well as the teaching you have been allocated for the current year. Although you can draw on prior experience, the selection panel will choose the strongest candidates with the most relevant and varied T&L experience at Reading, the institution at which you are a Doctoral Researcher. The form will need to be signed by your supervisor and your Head of School or Department. The Doctoral and Researcher College together with CQSD ADE will assess how closely you meet the eligibility criteria, and whether the scheme is suitable for you.

Please note, there are a limited number of places on the scheme so not everyone who applies for selection will be successful.