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Take part in the joint Career Tracking Survey of Doctorate Holders

Take part in the joint Career Tracking Survey of Doctorate Holders.

What is involved?

An online questionnaire will be designed to provide participating organisations with data on their doctorate graduates' career trajectories up to seven years after PhD completion. The questionnaire will cover their employment situation and skills utilisation patterns, satisfaction levels, mobility and relevant demographic data.

Why participate?

  • To understand the occupational patterns and satisfaction levels of your doctorate graduates
  • To use this valuable data for your monitoring and planning purposes to improve doctoral education and career advice
  • To exchange with other partners and experts on standards, measures and intended outcomes of doctoral training schemes and career development

Online questionnaire

  • User-friendly, with around 40 questions in the core questionnaire and optional organisation-specific questions
  • Developed by the ESF-Science Connect team composed of Higher Education researchers, survey methodologists and project coordination office
  • Partner organisations are actively involved in adapting the questionnaire to their needs

What we offer

  • Questionnaire design, survey management and analysis of survey results
  • Individual reports for each partner organisation, including anonymised data on their doctorate holder population
  • General report with aggregated trends across all participating organisations
  • Possibility of supplementary studies of subgroups of organisations (inter-institutional benchmarking)
  • Possibility of conducting focus groups and interviews with doctorate holders

Partner responsibilities

  • Provide a contact list of doctorate holders (first and last names, a valid email address and the date of PhD completion)
  • Offer feedback on the methodology, questionnaire, analysis and progress of the project
  • Make a contribution of funding towards the project. The cost per partner is in the range of €10,000

Indicative timeline

The overall project duration will be 12 months. Consortium building will take place during February - April. Survey launch is planned for October 2018.

How to participate?

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Participant feedback — 2017 survey

"Taking part in the ESF-SCIENCE CONNECT survey as a cooperative effort allowed for multiple discussions and reflections on standards, measures and intended outcomes of doctoral training schemes and career development. The results paint a highly differentiated picture of graduate careers and enable us to improve targeted support for doctoral candidates", Dr. Michael Klimke, Managing Director, TUM Graduate School, Technical University of Munich, Germany

"This survey has given post-doctorate researchers the opportunity to have a say. Now we have a clear picture in our institute on the status quo. At the same time we are discussing further improvements and developments. In that sense the survey is extremely beneficial for our current and future doctoral candidates" , Andreas Bladt, Responsible Doctoral Education Unit (HR) at Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg

More information on our career tracking support services is available here