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


Milesi, C., Selfa, L., and Milan, L. (2014). Unemployment among doctoral scientists and engineers increased but remained below the national average, NSF 14-310. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. Available at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf14310/

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, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. Available at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf13311/ 
 
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

Millar, M. (2013). Interdisciplinary research and the early career: The Effect of interdisciplinary dissertation research on career placement and publication productivity of doctoral graduates in the sciences. Research Policy, 42(5):1152-1164.  Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048733313000401

Sabharwal, M. (2013). Comparing research productivity across disciplines and career stages. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 15(2):141-163. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13876988.2013.785149#preview

Chang, W. and Milan, L. (2012). International mobility and employment characteristics among recent recipients of U.S. doctorates, NSF 13-300. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. Available at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf13300/
 
Hopkins, A. et al. (2012). Disparities in publication patterns by gender, race and ethnicity based on a survey of a random sample of authors. Scientometrics, 2012(November):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, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. Available at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf12304/

OECD/UNESCO Institute for Statistics/Eurostat Careers of Doctorate Holders (CDH) Project, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, December 2012. Available at:
http://www.oecd.org/innovation/inno/oecdunescoinstituteforstatisticseurostatcareersofdoctorateholderscdhproject.htm  

Sharpe, R., and Swinton, O. (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

Amsen, E. (2011). 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 
 
Burelli, J. (2011). Academic institutions of minority faculty with science, engineering, and health doctorates, NSF 11-320. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. Available at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf11320/ 
 
Goulden, M., Mason, M., and Frasch, K. 2011. Keeping women in the science pipeline. 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, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. Available at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf11308/

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, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. Available at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf11302/ 
 
Kim, D., Wolf-Wendel, L., and Twombly, S. (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., and 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. (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  

Winkler, A., Levin, S., and Stephan, P. (2010). The diffusion of IT in higher education: publishing productivity of academic life scientists. Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 19(5):481-503. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10438590903434844

Bound, J., Turner, S., and Walsh, P. (2009). An analysis of markets and employment. In Science and engineering careers in the United States:59-97. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. Available at http://www.nber.org/papers/w14792

Ginther, D. et al. (2009). Diversity in academic biomedicine: An evaluation of education and career outcomes with implications for policy. Research Policy, 40(6), 853-863. Available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1677993 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1677993  

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, National Center for Science and Engineering 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. et al. (2007). Who’s patenting in the university? Evidence from the Survey of Doctorate Recipients. Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 16(2):71-99. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10438590600982806

Recotillet, I. (2003). Availability and characteristics of surveys on the destination of doctorate recipients in OECD Countries. OECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers, No. 2003/09. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/245308553443 
 
 

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