The data presented in this report show trends in doctorate awards by science and engineering (S&E) field and recipient characteristics, institutions awarding doctorates, and postgraduation plans of recipients. The source of the data is the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED).
The SED has been conducted annually for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and five other Federal agencies. Information from this survey becomes part of the Doctorate Records File, which is a census of recipients of research doctorates awarded since 1920 by regionally-accredited universities and colleges. Doctoral degrees such as the Ph.D. or D. Sc. are included in these surveys, but first-professional degrees such as the J.D. or M.D. are not.
Data for the SED are collected directly from the individual doctorate recipients. The questionnaire is distributed through the cooperation of the Graduate Deans to persons as they are completing their doctorate. The data for a given year include all doctorates awarded in the 12-month period ending on June 30 of that year.
These tables present detailed data on (S&E) doctorates recipients, with some totals provided for broad non-S&E fields. Detailed data on non-S&E fields are published in the Summary Report and by other Federal sponsors of the Survey of Earned Doctorates. The groupings of field specialties into broad fields may differ among the sponsoring agencies according to their missions.
Approximately 92 percent of the annual cohort of doctorate recipients in 2000 responded to the questionnaire. Over the period 1991-2000, the response rate varied between 92 and 95 percent.Note that most of the numbers presented are actual self-reports, as there are no adjustments for nonresponse. For the nonrespondents, partial data from public sources are added to the file; therefore, complete counts are presented for conferred doctorates by field of study and sex of recipient. Because some tables present data subject to nonresponse, these summaries represent the conservative known responses for any data item. Therefore, small changes in numbers should be interpreted with caution, as numerical trends are affected by fluctuations in response rates and declines and increases may appear greater than they may be in reality.For further information on the survey methodology or the availability of data on S&E doctorate recipients, please go to http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/srvydoctorates/ or contact
To provide data users with the most timely statistics possible, this collection of tables is being released in advance of the final report Science and Engineering Doctorate Awards: 2000 currently in preparation. The statistics in the tables are final and will not be revised unless problems are found that warrant revision. These tables will also appear in the final report with changes in format to conform with the Division's formal publication guidelines and practices.
|Table 1||Science and engineering (S&E) doctorates awarded, by field of study and year of doctorate: 1991-2000||.xls|
|Table 2||Science and engineering (S&E) doctorates awarded to women, by field of study and year of doctorate: 1991-2000||.xls|
|Table 3||Science and engineering (S&E) doctorates awarded, by citizenship status, sex, racial/ethnic group, and major field of study of recipients: 1991-2000||.xls|
|Table 4||Science and engineering (S&E) doctorates awarded, by major field and citizenship status of recipients: 1991-2000||.xls|
|Table 4a||Percentage distribution of science and engineering doctorates awarded, by major field and citizenship status of recipients: 1991-2000||.xls|
|Table 5||Non-U.S. citizens awarded doctorates in the sciences and in engineering, by country of citizenship, visa type, and year of doctorate: 1991-2000||.xls|
|Table 6||Institutions conferring science and engineering (S&E) doctorates, by State, institution, and major field: 2000||.xls|
|Table 7||Postgraduation plans of science and engineering (S&E) doctorate recipients, by citizenship status and major field: 2000||.xls|
|Table 8||Percentage distribution of definite postgraduation plans of science and engineering (S&E) doctorate recipients, by citizenship status and major field: 2000||.xls|
|Table 9||Postgraduation plans of science and engineering (S&E) doctorate recipients (U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens with permanent visas), by sex and major field: 2000||.xls|
|Table 10||Percentage distribution of definite postgraduation plans of science and engineering (S&E) doctorate recipients (U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens with permanent visas), by sex and major field: 2000||.xls|