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Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED)

Complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED)

To complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates, go to the SED completion page and follow the instructions. Participation is voluntary but highly valued.  Over 90% of PhDs across the country participate in this important project.

About the Survey of Earned Doctorates

The Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) is an ongoing survey sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the US Department of Agriculture and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The survey helps these and many other agencies and entities assess the availability of highly-educated personnel. The survey gathers data from all research doctoral graduates each year on their educational history, sources of support and post-graduation plans. The completed survey responses become part of the Doctorate Records File (DRF), a nearly complete data bank on doctorate recipients from 1920 to the present and the major source of doctoral data at the national level. The profiles of doctorate recipients that emerge from these data assist policymakers at the federal, state, local and university levels.

The information provided on the survey questionnaire remains confidential and is safeguarded in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. The survey data are reported only in aggregate form or in a manner that does not identify information about any individual.

To learn more about the SED, visit the SED home page.