Doctoral Graduates

The Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) is an annual census of all research doctorate recipients in the United States that has been conducted since 1958. The data are collected for the National Science Foundation (NSF) by NORC at the University of Chicago. Eligible respondents are doctoral research graduates from U.S. universities who have completed their degree during the eligibility periods below.

  • SED 2013 respondents received research doctorates July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013.
  • SED 2014 respondents received research doctorates July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014.

The survey results are critical to our understanding of the specialty research areas of doctorate recipients and their post-graduation employment plans. The data from this survey are used by policy-makers in government and universities when making decisions about funding graduate education, developing new programs, and supporting existing ones.


If you have been contacted about participating in the SED, you can learn additional information about the study and complete the survey below. We greatly appreciate your participation in the SED and contribution to this important historical research effort.