Calendar and Key Dates

SED data collection runs on an annual cycle from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. Within this time frame, institutions provide rosters of graduating students to RTI immediately following each graduation month.

The critical data collection dates for the 2020 and 2021 Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) cycles are listed below.

SED 2021 (Graduation Eligibility Period between July 2020 and June 2021)
Contractor: RTI International
Dates Key Activities
May 2020 SED 2021 Web Instrument available to eligible graduates
Quarterly Request for Graduation Lists
March 2021 and August 2021 Request for Address Rosters
October 2021 Request for Missing Information Rosters
December 2021 Data Collection Closes
SED 2020 (Graduation Eligibility Period between July 2019 and June 2020)
Contractor: RTI International
Dates Key Activities
May 2019 SED 2020 Web Instrument available to eligible graduates
June 2019 (and ongoing, by request) Institution Contact materials mailed (including hard copy questionnaires)
Quarterly Request for Graduation Lists
March 2020 and August 2020 Request for Address Rosters
October 2020 Request for Missing Information Rosters
December 2020 Data Collection Closes