Generally, the SED instrument changes little from one year to the next, ensuring that the data obtained are consistent and comparable over time. However, in any given year the text may be revised slightly, the list of fields of doctoral study may be updated, and items may be added to the survey or removed from it.
When using any of our data products, reports, or data engines, please reference the survey instrument associated with the dataset. The data collection period for each survey cycle extends from July 1st of one year to June 30th of the succeeding year. For example, SED 2020 covers doctorate recipients who graduated between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
Click on any of the links below to download a copy of a specific survey instrument.