About the SED

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.

SED Historical Data: Doctorate Records File

Each year SED data are added to a historical record of doctoral graduates dating back to 1920. This Doctorate Records File (DRF) is used to track the number of graduates in various disciplines, follow their educational paths and movement into the labor market, and study related information about doctoral education.

Sponsored By The National Science Foundation The National Science Foundation The National Institutes of Health The Department of Education The National Endowment for the Humanities