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NIH-Supported Ph.D. Recipients
NIH-Supported Ph.D. recipients in 2015, by field of study

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Ph.D. Field of Study Total Number of 
Ph.D. Recipients  
 Number of Ph.D. 
Recipients Eligible* to  
be Supported by the NIH  
 Number of Ph.D. 
Recipients 
Supported by the NIH 
 Percent of Total Ph.D. 
Recipients Supported 
by the NIH  
 Percent of Eligible* 
Ph.D. Recipients 
Supported by the NIH  
 Life Sciences  11,363  7,912  2,496  22.0%  31.5% 
     Agricultural Sciences/Natural Resources  262  159  3  1.1%  1.9% 
         Animal Nutrition  40  27  1  2.5%  3.7% 
         Environmental Science  183  112  1  0.5%  0.9% 
         Food Science  39  20  1  2.6%  5.0% 
     Biological/Biomedical Sciences  8,823  6,083  2,286  25.9%  37.6% 
         Bacteriology  22  20  4  18.2%  20.0% 
         Biochemistry  749  465  153  20.4%  32.9% 
         Bioinformatics  175  89  39  22.3%  43.8% 
         Biology/Biomedical Sciences, General  261  119  37  14.2%  31.1% 
         Biology/Biomedical Sciences, Other  73  46  17  23.3%  37.0% 
         Biomedical Sciences  416  267  102  24.5%  38.2% 
         Biometrics and Biostatistics  171  76  28  16.4%  36.8% 
         Biophysics  181  117  69  38.1%  59.0% 
         Biotechnology  38  21  3  7.9%  14.3% 
         Botany/Plant Biology  97  59  2  2.1%  3.4% 
         Cancer Biology  455  293  132  29.0%  45.1% 
         Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology  321  221  99  30.8%  44.8% 
         Computational Biology  107  49  25  23.4%  51.0% 
         Developmental Biology/Embryology  187  127  62  33.2%  48.8% 
         Ecology  455  388  8  1.8%  2.1% 
         Endocrinology  22  16  6  27.3%  37.5% 
         Entomology  110  71  3  2.7%  4.2% 
         Environmental Toxicology  35  26  5  14.3%  19.2% 
         Epidemiology  381  296  82  21.5%  27.7% 
         Evolutionary Biology  209  167  16  7.7%  9.6% 
         Genetics/Genomics, Human and Animal  358  247  128  35.8%  51.8% 
         Immunology  473  362  213  45.0%  58.8% 
         Marine Biology & Biological Oceanography  85  72  1  1.2%  1.4% 
         Microbiology  480  356  113  23.5%  31.7% 
         Molecular Biology  631  399  179  28.4%  44.9% 
         Neurosciences and Neurobiology  1,091  843  440  40.3%  52.2% 
         Nutrition Sciences  186  118  21  11.3%  17.8% 
         Parasitology  31  24  9  29.0%  37.5% 
         Pathology, Human and Animal  87  53  29  33.3%  54.7% 
         Pharmacology, Human and Animal  243  158  90  37.0%  57.0% 
         Physiology, Human and Animal  210  161  54  25.7%  33.5% 
         Plant Genetics  57  33  7  12.3%  21.2% 
         Structural Biology  64  41  16  25.0%  39.0% 
         Toxicology  105  85  34  32.4%  40.0% 
         Virology  164  122  57  34.8%  46.7% 
         Wildlife Biology  47  44  1  2.1%  2.3% 
         Zoology  46  32  2  4.3%  6.3% 
     Health Sciences  2,278  1,670  207  9.1%  12.4% 
         Environmental Health  81  59  13  16.0%  22.0% 
         Gerontology  13  11  3  23.1%  27.3% 
         Health & Behavior  126  107  13  10.3%  12.2% 
         Health Policy Analysis  82  63  7  8.5%  11.1% 
         Health Sciences, General  36  29  2  5.6%  6.9% 
         Health Sciences, Other  85  56  9  10.6%  16.1% 
         Health Systems/Services Administration  70  50  1  1.4%  2.0% 
         Kinesiology/Exercise Physiology  264  180  8  3.0%  4.4% 
         Nursing Science  536  456  47  8.8%  10.3% 
         Oral Biology/Oral Pathology  19  11  8  42.1%  72.7% 
         Pharmaceutical Sciences  270  104  21  7.8%  20.2% 
         Public Health  437  369  49  11.2%  13.3% 
         Rehabilitation/Therapeutic Services  87  68  7  8.0%  10.3% 
         Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology  116  87  15  12.9%  17.2% 
         Veterinary Sciences  56  20  4  7.1%  20.0% 
 Social Sciences & Psychology  7,494  5,515  222  3.0%  4.0% 
     Psychology  3,308  2,736  155  4.7%  5.7% 
         Clinical Psychology  1,179  1,044  80  6.8%  7.7% 
         Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics  220  171  19  8.6%  11.1% 
         Counseling Psychology  419  357  1  0.2%  0.3% 
         Developmental and Child Psychology  190  163  12  6.3%  7.4% 
         Experimental Psychology  143  114  14  9.8%  12.3% 
         Health & Medical Psychology  101  93  4  4.0%  4.3% 
         Neuropsychology/Physiological Psychology  130  111  10  7.7%  9.0% 
         Personality Psychology  21  20  1  4.8%  5.0% 
         Psychology, General  292  155  8  2.7%  5.2% 
         Psychology, Other  171  146  2  1.2%  1.4% 
         Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology  48  35  1  2.1%  2.9% 
         School Psychology  115  105  1  0.9%  1.0% 
         Social Psychology  219  192  2  0.9%  1.0% 
     Social Sciences  4,186  2,779  67  1.6%  2.4% 
         Anthropology, Cultural  317  258  6  1.9%  2.3% 
         Demography/Population Studies  21  17  10  47.6%  58.8% 
         Economics  1,168  519  13  1.1%  2.5% 
         Geography  302  210  1  0.3%  0.5% 
         Gerontology  24  21  2  8.3%  9.5% 
         Linguistics  288  176  5  1.7%  2.8% 
         Political Science and Government  857  619  1  0.1%  0.2% 
         Public Policy Analysis  295  233  6  2.0%  2.6% 
         Social Sciences, Other  147  119  1  0.7%  0.8% 
         Sociology  745  598  21  2.8%  3.5% 
         Statistics  22  9  1  4.5%  11.1% 
 Physical Sciences  7,116  3,457  138  1.9%  4.0% 
     Chemistry  2,540  1,504  75  3.0%  5.0% 
         Analytical Chemistry  389  239  9  2.3%  3.8% 
         Chemistry, General  401  145  6  1.5%  4.1% 
         Chemistry, Other  211  126  16  7.6%  12.7% 
         Inorganic Chemistry  354  238  7  2.0%  2.9% 
         Medicinal Chemistry  79  44  9  11.4%  20.5% 
         Organic Chemistry  627  395  19  3.0%  4.8% 
         Physical Chemistry  368  245  6  1.6%  2.4% 
         Theoretical Chemistry  111  72  3  2.7%  4.2% 
     Computer Sciences  2,005  773  11  0.5%  1.4% 
         Computer and Information Sciences, General  117  40  2  1.7%  5.0% 
         Computer and Information Sciences, Other  70  43  1  1.4%  2.3% 
         Computer Science  1,661  603  7  0.4%  1.2% 
         Information Science and Systems  157  87  1  0.6%  1.2% 
     Mathematics  1,151  481  18  1.6%  3.7% 
         Applied Mathematics  437  202  1  0.2%  0.5% 
         Mathematics/Statistics, General  244  62  2  0.8%  3.2% 
         Mathematics/Statistics, Other  87  61  2  2.3%  3.3% 
         Statistics  383  156  13  3.4%  8.3% 
     Physics  1,420  699  13  2.4%  4.9% 
         Applied Physics  145  81  4  2.8%  4.9% 
         Atomic/Molecular/Chemical Physics  125  74  1  0.8%  1.4% 
         Biophysics  127  64  10  7.9%  15.6% 
         Condensed Matter/Low Temperature Physics  439  195  1  0.2%  0.5% 
         Medical Physics/Radiological Science  84  60  10  11.9%  16.7% 
         Optics/Phototonics  216  117  5  2.3%  4.3% 
         Physics, General  284  108  3  1.1%  2.8% 
 Engineering  8,416  3,666  233  2.8%  6.4% 
         Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering  1,129  725  195  17.3%  26.9% 
         Chemical Engineering  1,002  488  20  2.0%  4.1% 
         Civil Engineering  633  230  1  0.2%  0.4% 
         Computer Engineering  412  109  1  0.2%  0.9% 
         Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering  2,004  632  5  0.3%  0.8% 
         Engineering Mechanics Engineering  66  21  1  1.5%  4.8% 
         Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering  283  152  1  0.4%  0.7% 
         Materials Science Engineering  874  382  4  0.5%  1.0% 
         Mechanical Engineering  1,467  620  3  0.2%  0.5% 
         Polymer and Plastics Engineering  80  22  1  1.3%  4.5% 
         Systems Engineering  105  69  1  1.0%  1.4% 
 Education  615  514  3  0.5%  0.6% 
 Humanities  172  132  3  1.7%  2.3% 
 Other Fields  360  278  12  3.3%  4.3% 
 Total  35,536  21,474  3,107  8.7%  14.5% 
 
Notes:
NIH support includes funding from any of the following Kirschstein-NRSA or NLM awards prior to the Ph.D.:  T15, T32, T35, T90, TL1, TU2, F30, F31, or F32. Fields of study are those reported by the Ph.D. recipients themselves.

Sources: NIH Trainee and Fellow File, IMPAC II, and the Doctorate Records File.