Primary source of financial support
From 2011 to 2015, a research assistantship was the primary source of financial support for over one-half of the temporary visa holders intending to stay in the United States after earning a doctorate, for about one-third of those intending to leave, and for about one-quarter of U.S. citizen and permanent resident doctorate recipients. Foreign government support was the primary financial support for 11% of temporary visa holders who intended to leave, but it was the primary source for relatively few (1%) temporary visa holders who intended to stay in the United States after graduation. Over 21% of U.S. citizen and permanent resident doctorate recipients cited their own resources as their primary source of support. Only 6% of temporary visa holders intending to leave and 2% of those intending to stay relied primarily on their own resources to finance their doctorate (figure C).
Primary source of financial support, by resident type: 2011–15
|Primary source||U.S. citizens and permanent residents||Temporary visa holders intending to stay in the United States||Temporary visa holders intending to leave the United States|
|Fellowship or grant||48,556||30.6||9,402||18.1||5,087||26.5|
- NOTE: Percentages are based on the number of doctorate recipients responding to the primary source of financial support and postgraduation items.
- SOURCE: Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities 2015. Related detailed data: tables 35, 36, 37.