Information about the SED


The Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) is an annual census of all research doctorate recipients in the United States that has been conducted since 1958. The data are collected for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Eligible respondents are doctoral research graduates from U.S. universities who have completed their degree during the eligibility periods below:

  • 2023 SED cycle (graduates between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023)

  • 2022 SED cycle (graduates between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022)

FERPA provides that ‘educational records’ or personally identifiable information from such records may be disclosed, without consent, to organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, educational agencies or institutions for the purpose of developing, validating or administering predictive tests, administering student aid programs and improving instruction.

To view the SED FERPA document, please click this link.

Why your response is important

The survey results are critical to our understanding of the specialty research areas of doctorate recipients and their post-graduation employment plans. The data from this survey are used by policy-makers in government and universities when making decisions about funding graduate education, developing new programs, and supporting existing ones.

If you have been contacted about participating in the SED, additional information can be found here.​​