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Post-Graduation Plans for Illinois Doctorates as Reported on the Survey of Earned Doctorates in 2001-2006

Close to 100% of all students completing a PhD respond to the NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates around the time they deposit their dissertation.  Looking at the data extracted from calendar year 2001-2006, we have derived the following information: 

  • 3502 – Total responses from Illinois (UIUC)  2001-2006
  • 1423 – Number of international students responding to survey 2001-2006
  • 2079 - Number of domestic students responding to survey 2001-2006
  • 245 – Number of international students responding to survey 2001-2006 who indicated they planned to reside in Illinois after completing their PhD (17.2%)
  • 69% of international students indicated that they planned to reside in the US after completing their PhD

Graph of Postdoc Status

Graph of Primary Work Activity

International Students Graduating in Calendar Year 2001-2006

     

    Postdoctoral Plans

    • 32.6% - Postdoctoral Fellowship, Postdoctoral Research Assistantship, Traineeship, or other training
    • 51.9% - Employed other than above

    Postdoctoral Status

    • 65.4% - signed contract or definite commitment
    • 9.6% - returning to or continuing predoctoral employment
    • 7.9% - negotiating contract
    • 15.5% - seeking appointment

    Post-Graduation Employer Type

    • 19.5% - US 4-year college or university
    • 23.2% - Industry or for-profit business
    • 10.8% - Foreign educational institution
    • 18.3% - unknown employment plans

    Primary Work Activity

    • 46.9% - Research and Development
    • 13.9% - Teaching

Domestic Students Graduating in Calendar Year 2001-2006

     

    Postdoctoral Plans

    • 30.0% - Postdoctoral Fellowship, Postdoctoral Research Assistantship, Traineeship, or other training
    • 55.4% - Employed other than above

    Postdoctoral Status

    • 60.0% - signed contract or definite commitment
    • 13.9% - returning to or continuing predoctoral employment
    • 6.9% - negotiating contract
    • 15.3% - seeking appointment

    Post-Graduation Employer Type

    • 32.5% - US 4-year college or university
    • 12.9% - Industry or for-profit business
    • 1.7% - Foreign educational institution
    • 19.5% - unknown employment plans

    Primary Work Activity

    • 33.9% - Research and Development
    • 21.5% - Teaching

International Students Who Plan to Reside in Illinois and Graduated in Calendar Year 2001-2006

     

    Postdoctoral Plans

    • 51.5% - Postdoctoral Fellowship, Postdoctoral Research Assistantship, Traineeship, or other training
    • 30.2% - Employed other than above

    Postdoctoral Status

    • 58.4% - signed contract or definite commitment
    • 13.9% - returning to or continuing predoctoral employment
    • 7.8% - negotiating contract
    • 18.8% - seeking appointment

    Post-Graduation Employer Type

    • 27.8% - US 4-year college or university
    • 15.1% - Industry or for-profit business
    • 10.2% - US university-affiliated research institute
    • 24.9% - unknown employment plans

    Primary Work Activity

    • 48.2% - Research and Development
    • 5.7% - Teaching