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.
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