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:

  • 2018 SED cycle (graduates between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018)

  • 2017 SED cycle (graduates between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017)

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 and links to access the survey can be found by following this link.​​