Understanding Career Pathways

    National datasets such as the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) and the Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR), while valuable for demonstrating certain aspects of PhD careers at the national level, do not give individual doctoral programs information specific enough to be used for program improvement. To address this need, CGS has secured grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Science Foundation (NSF #1661272) to help universities collect data on the career pathways of humanities and STEM PhDs. Through a competitive sub-award process, CGS will select doctoral institutions to implement surveys of PhD students and alumni, gathering information about their professional aspirations, career pathways, and career preparation.


    CGS issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) with the survey instruments and an Implementation Guide that offers a framework for successful implementation. In addition to collecting aggregate data from partners, CGS will gather information about the implementation process with a view to developing recommended practices for data collection and analysis.The RFP and accompanying materials were updated March 20, 2017, to reflect a new opportunity for STEM funding. The deadline for RFPs was in May 2017 and decisions will be announced over the summer.


    Survey Instruments

    Alumni Survey -- CGS Career Pathways

    Student Survey -- CGS Careery Pathways


    Press Releases

    CGS Announces Multi-University Project to Collect Data on Career Pathways of STEM PhDs and Alumni

    CGS Announces Multi-University Project to Collect Data on Career Pathways of Humanities PhDs

    CGS Builds on Efforts to Understand PhD Career Pathways

    Experts Convene to Explore Challenges of Understanding PhD Career Pathways

    CGS Launches Project to Study Feasibility of Tracking PhD Career Pathways


    Prior Projects

    The current phase of Understanding PhD Career Pathways is built upon two previous projects: a feasibility study funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and a planning grant funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Science Foundation (NSF #1534620). Findings from the feasibility study are summarized in a 2014 report, Understanding PhD Career Pathways for Program Improvement.






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