Early Career Doctorates Project

The work and professional development of recent doctorate recipients will influence innovation in U.S. and global markets for years to come. Despite the critical importance of this population to the success of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise, comprehensive surveys of this group are limited, and the data needed to understand their work patterns and contributions to the U.S. economy are sparse. The Early Career Doctorates Project was developed to gather in–depth information about postdoctoral appointees (postdocs) and other recent doctorate recipients during the first 10 years of their working careers.

Key Goals


Survey Population for the Methodological Study and Pilot Survey

All individuals who earned their first doctorate within the past 10 years and who are working in one of the following areas of employment:

Survey Focus

Contact Information

For additional information about this survey, or the methodology report, contact the Project Officer:

Kelly S. Phou
Project Officer, Early Career Doctorates Project
Human Resources Statistics Program
National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 965
Arlington, VA 22230

Phone: (703) 292-4722
E-mail: kphou@nsf.gov