Survey of Doctorate Recipients

NORC conducts the Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR) for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The SDR is a survey of 47,000 science and engineering doctorate recipients who earned their degrees from institutions within the United States. This study is the only source of data on the careers of science and engineering doctorate holders from US institutions, and it provides key data on the education and training, work experience, career development, and demographics of this important population.
 
The SDR sample is selected from the Doctorate Records File (DRF), a record of all research doctorate recipients from U.S. universities since 1920. The DRF is updated annually based on data collected by the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED). The SED is also conducted by NORC for the NSF, the NIH, and four other federal agencies.
 
The SDR employs an innovative mixed-mode data collection protocol that strategically integrates a traditional paper questionnaire with Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) and Web-based data collection instruments. SDR data are incorporated into NSF’s Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT). Published data products for each round of the SDR include Information Briefs and Detailed Statistical Tables.

NORC is currently conducting the 2013 and 2015 cycles of the survey.
For questions about participating,  please email the SDR Study Staff: SDR@norc.uchicago.edu or call 1-800-685-1663.

Recent Publications


Frehill, L. M., and Ivie, R. 2013. Increasing the Visibility of Women of Color in Academic Science and Engineering: Professional Society Data. New Directions for Higher Education, 2013(163), 7-21. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/he.20061/abstract  

Mamiseishvili, K. 2013. Contributions of Foreign-Born Faculty to Doctoral Education and Research. New Directions for Higher Education, 2013(163), 89-98. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/he.20068/abstract

Finamore., J.,  Foley, D., Lan, F., Milan, L., Proudfoot, S., Rivers, E., and Selfa, L. 2013. Employment and Educational Characteristics of Scientists and Engineers, NSF 13-311.  Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics. Available at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf13311/

Sharpe, R. V., and O. H. Swinton. 2012. Beyond Anecdotes: A Quantitative Examination of Black Women in Academe. The Review of Black Political Economy, published online 28 July 2012. Available at:  http://www.springerlink.com/content/t77k5r127g87105p/?MUD=MP

Hopkins, A.L. et al. 2012. Disparities in publication patterns by gender, race and ethnicity based on a survey of a random sample of authors. Scientometrics. November 2012, 1-20.  Available at: http://www.akademiai.com/content/WL4Q544133454371

Milan, L., and Hoffer, T. 2012.  Racial and Ethnic Diversity among U.S.-Educated Science, Engineering, and Health Doctorate Recipients: Methods of Reporting Diversity, NSF 12-304. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics. Available at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf12304/

Leaving the Lab: Career Development for Developmental Biologists. Development, 138(10), 4107-4109. Available at: http://dev.biologists.org/content/138/19/4107.full.pdf+html

Goulden, M., Mason, M.A., and Frasch, K. Keeping Women in the Science Pipeline. 2011 The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 638(1), 141-62.
Available at: http://ann.sagepub.com/content/638/1/141.abstract

Hoffer, T., Milesi, C., Selfa, L., Grigorian, K., Foley, D., Milan, L., and Rivers, E. 2011.  Unemployment Among Doctoral Scientists and Engineers Remained Below the National Average in 2008, NSF 11-308. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics. Available at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf11308/ 
 
Kim, D.,  L. Wolf-Wendel, and S. Twombly. 2011. International Faculty: Experiences of Academic Life and Productivity in U.S. Universities. The Journal of Higher Education, 82 (6),
720-747. Available at:  http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/journal_of_higher_education/v082/82.6.kim.html  

Morrison, E., Rudd, E., & Nerad, M. 2011. Onto, Up, Off The Academic Faculty Ladder: The Gendered Effects of Family on Career Transitions for a Cohort of Social Science Ph.Ds. The Review of Higher Education, 34(4), 525-553. Available at: http://130.102.44.246/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/review_of_higher_education/v034/34.4.morrison.pdf

Whittington, K. B. 2011.  Mothers of Invention?: Gender, Motherhood, and New Dimensions of Productivity in the Science Profession. Work and Occupations, 38(3), 417-456. Available at:  http://academic.reed.edu/sociology/faculty/whittington/docs/Whittington_WorkandOccupations_2011.pdf

Tong, Y. 2010. Place of Education, Gender Disparity, and Assimilation of Immigrant Scientists and Engineers Earnings. Social Science Research, 39(4), 610–626.  Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0049089X10000098

Hoffer, T., Sederstrom, S., and Harper, D. 2011. The End of Mandatory Retirement for Doctoral Scientists and Engineers in Postsecondary Institutions: Retirement Patterns 10 Years Later, NSF 11-302. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics. Available at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf11302/  
 
Winkler, A.E., Levin, S.G., & Stephan, P.E. 2010 "The diffusion of IT in higher education: publishing productivity of academic life scientists." Economics of Innovation and New Technology 19 2010. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10438590903434844  
 
Bound, J., Turner, S., Walsh, P. 2009. "An Analysis of Markets and Employment." in Science and Engineering Careers in the United States. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. Available at http://www.nber.org/papers/w14792    
 
Foley, D., Project Officer 2009. Characteristics of Doctoral Scientists and Engineers in the United States: 2006, NSF 09-317. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics. Available at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf09317/  
 
Ginther, D.K., Schaffer, W.T., Schnell, J., Masimore, B., Liu, F., Haak, L.L., and Kington, Raynard R.S., 2009. "Diversity in Academic Biomedicine: An Evaluation of Education and Career Outcomes with Implications for Policy."  Available at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048733311000552  
 
Prasad, S. 2009. Task assignments and incentives: generalists versus specialists. The RAND Journal of Economics, 40(2), 380-403. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1756-2171.2009.00070.x/abstract
 
Sabharwal, M. 2009. "Job satisfaction patterns of scientists and engineers by status of birth." Research Policy 40 (2009):853-863, Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048733311000552  
 
Hoffer, T., Grigorian, K. and Hedberg, E. 2008. Postdoc Participation of Science, Engineering, and Health Doctorate Recipients, NSF 08-307. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics. Available at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf08307/

Committee on Maximizing the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2007. Beyond Bias and Barriers:  Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.
Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK9803/

Corley, E. and Sabharwal, M. 2007. Foreign-Born Academic Scientists and Engineers: Producing More and Getting Less than their U.S.-Born Peers? Research in Higher Education, 48(8), 909-940.
Available at: http://libra.msra.cn/Publication/39842356/foreign-born-academic-scientists-and-engineers-producing-more-and-getting-less-than-their

Stephan, P.E., Gurmu, S., Sumell, A.J., and Black, G. 2007. "WHO'S PATENTING IN THE UNIVERSITY? EVIDENCE FROM THE SURVEY OF DOCTORATE RECIPIENTS," Economics of Innovation and New Technology 16 (2007). Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10438590600982806   

Tsapogas, J., Project Officer. 2006.  Characteristics of Doctoral Scientists and Engineers in the United States: 2003, NSF 06-320. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics. Available at: http://nsf.gov/statistics/nsf06320/
 
Hoffer, T. and Grigorian, K. 2005.  InfoBrief: All in a Week's Work: Average Workweeks of Doctoral Scientists and Engineers.  Washington, DC: National Science Foundation, SBE-Division of Science Resource Statistics. Available at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf06302/
 
Hoffer, T. 2004.  InfoBrief: Employment Sector, Salaries, Publishing, and Patenting Activities of S&E Doctorate Holders. Washington, DC: National Science Foundation, SBE-Division of Science Resource Statistics. Available at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf04328/

Recotillet, I. 2003, Availability and Characteristics of Surveys on the Destination of Doctorate Recipients in OECD Countries, OECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers, 2003/09, OECD Publishing. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/245308553443

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