About the SED

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and five other federal agencies, the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) gathers information annually from approximately 50,000 new research doctorate graduates from U.S. universities about their educational histories, funding sources, and post-doctoral plans. Each year the SED data are added to a large historical record of doctoral degree graduates, the Doctorate Records File (DRF). The DRF contains annual information (back to 1920) that is used to track the number of graduates in various fields; the educational paths of these graduates; their movement into the labor market; and related information about doctorate recipients and doctoral education.


Resources for Users

Several stakeholders are involved in the SED, including survey respondents, graduate deans and their staffs who facilitate data collection, and researchers interested in doctoral education. This site is intended to be used by SED stakeholders to provide information about the survey and the data, complete the survey, and obtain data collection documentation and reports.


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