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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  249,600.0%  0  31.5% 
     Agricultural Sciences/Natural Resources  262  159  300.0%  0  1.9% 
         Animal Nutrition  40  27  100.0%  0  3.7% 
         Environmental Science  183  112  100.0%  0  0.9% 
         Food Science  39  20  100.0%  0  5.0% 
     Biological/Biomedical Sciences  8,823  6,083  228,600.0%  0  37.6% 
         Bacteriology  22  20  400.0%  0  20.0% 
         Biochemistry  749  465  15,300.0%  0  32.9% 
         Bioinformatics  175  89  3,900.0%  0  43.8% 
         Biology/Biomedical Sciences, General  261  119  3,700.0%  0  31.1% 
         Biology/Biomedical Sciences, Other  73  46  1,700.0%  0  37.0% 
         Biomedical Sciences  416  267  10,200.0%  0  38.2% 
         Biometrics and Biostatistics  171  76  2,800.0%  0  36.8% 
         Biophysics  181  117  6,900.0%  0  59.0% 
         Biotechnology  38  21  300.0%  0  14.3% 
         Botany/Plant Biology  97  59  200.0%  0  3.4% 
         Cancer Biology  455  293  13,200.0%  0  45.1% 
         Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology  321  221  9,900.0%  0  44.8% 
         Computational Biology  107  49  2,500.0%  0  51.0% 
         Developmental Biology/Embryology  187  127  6,200.0%  0  48.8% 
         Ecology  455  388  800.0%  0  2.1% 
         Endocrinology  22  16  600.0%  0  37.5% 
         Entomology  110  71  300.0%  0  4.2% 
         Environmental Toxicology  35  26  500.0%  0  19.2% 
         Epidemiology  381  296  8,200.0%  0  27.7% 
         Evolutionary Biology  209  167  1,600.0%  0  9.6% 
         Genetics/Genomics, Human and Animal  358  247  12,800.0%  0  51.8% 
         Immunology  473  362  21,300.0%  0  58.8% 
         Marine Biology & Biological Oceanography  85  72  100.0%  0  1.4% 
         Microbiology  480  356  11,300.0%  0  31.7% 
         Molecular Biology  631  399  17,900.0%  0  44.9% 
         Neurosciences and Neurobiology  1,091  843  44,000.0%  0  52.2% 
         Nutrition Sciences  186  118  2,100.0%  0  17.8% 
         Parasitology  31  24  900.0%  0  37.5% 
         Pathology, Human and Animal  87  53  2,900.0%  0  54.7% 
         Pharmacology, Human and Animal  243  158  9,000.0%  0  57.0% 
         Physiology, Human and Animal  210  161  5,400.0%  0  33.5% 
         Plant Genetics  57  33  700.0%  0  21.2% 
         Structural Biology  64  41  1,600.0%  0  39.0% 
         Toxicology  105  85  3,400.0%  0  40.0% 
         Virology  164  122  5,700.0%  0  46.7% 
         Wildlife Biology  47  44  100.0%  0  2.3% 
         Zoology  46  32  200.0%  0  6.3% 
     Health Sciences  2,278  1,670  20,700.0%  0  12.4% 
         Environmental Health  81  59  1,300.0%  0  22.0% 
         Gerontology  13  11  300.0%  0  27.3% 
         Health & Behavior  126  107  1,300.0%  0  12.2% 
         Health Policy Analysis  82  63  700.0%  0  11.1% 
         Health Sciences, General  36  29  200.0%  0  6.9% 
         Health Sciences, Other  85  56  900.0%  0  16.1% 
         Health Systems/Services Administration  70  50  100.0%  0  2.0% 
         Kinesiology/Exercise Physiology  264  180  800.0%  0  4.4% 
         Nursing Science  536  456  4,700.0%  0  10.3% 
         Oral Biology/Oral Pathology  19  11  800.0%  0  72.7% 
         Pharmaceutical Sciences  270  104  2,100.0%  0  20.2% 
         Public Health  437  369  4,900.0%  0  13.3% 
         Rehabilitation/Therapeutic Services  87  68  700.0%  0  10.3% 
         Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology  116  87  1,500.0%  0  17.2% 
         Veterinary Sciences  56  20  400.0%  0  20.0% 
 Social Sciences & Psychology  7,494  5,515  22,200.0%  0  4.0% 
     Psychology  3,308  2,736  15,500.0%  0  5.7% 
         Clinical Psychology  1,179  1,044  8,000.0%  0  7.7% 
         Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics  220  171  1,900.0%  0  11.1% 
         Counseling Psychology  419  357  100.0%  0  0.3% 
         Developmental and Child Psychology  190  163  1,200.0%  0  7.4% 
         Experimental Psychology  143  114  1,400.0%  0  12.3% 
         Health & Medical Psychology  101  93  400.0%  0  4.3% 
         Neuropsychology/Physiological Psychology  130  111  1,000.0%  0  9.0% 
         Personality Psychology  21  20  100.0%  0  5.0% 
         Psychology, General  292  155  800.0%  0  5.2% 
         Psychology, Other  171  146  200.0%  0  1.4% 
         Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology  48  35  100.0%  0  2.9% 
         School Psychology  115  105  100.0%  0  1.0% 
         Social Psychology  219  192  200.0%  0  1.0% 
     Social Sciences  4,186  2,779  6,700.0%  0  2.4% 
         Anthropology, Cultural  317  258  600.0%  0  2.3% 
         Demography/Population Studies  21  17  1,000.0%  0  58.8% 
         Economics  1,168  519  1,300.0%  0  2.5% 
         Geography  302  210  100.0%  0  0.5% 
         Gerontology  24  21  200.0%  0  9.5% 
         Linguistics  288  176  500.0%  0  2.8% 
         Political Science and Government  857  619  100.0%  0  0.2% 
         Public Policy Analysis  295  233  600.0%  0  2.6% 
         Social Sciences, Other  147  119  100.0%  0  0.8% 
         Sociology  745  598  2,100.0%  0  3.5% 
         Statistics  22  9  100.0%  0  11.1% 
 Physical Sciences  7,116  3,457  13,800.0%  0  4.0% 
     Chemistry  2,540  1,504  7,500.0%  0  5.0% 
         Analytical Chemistry  389  239  900.0%  0  3.8% 
         Chemistry, General  401  145  600.0%  0  4.1% 
         Chemistry, Other  211  126  1,600.0%  0  12.7% 
         Inorganic Chemistry  354  238  700.0%  0  2.9% 
         Medicinal Chemistry  79  44  900.0%  0  20.5% 
         Organic Chemistry  627  395  1,900.0%  0  4.8% 
         Physical Chemistry  368  245  600.0%  0  2.4% 
         Theoretical Chemistry  111  72  300.0%  0  4.2% 
     Computer Sciences  2,005  773  1,100.0%  0  1.4% 
         Computer and Information Sciences, General  117  40  200.0%  0  5.0% 
         Computer and Information Sciences, Other  70  43  100.0%  0  2.3% 
         Computer Science  1,661  603  700.0%  0  1.2% 
         Information Science and Systems  157  87  100.0%  0  1.2% 
     Mathematics  1,151  481  1,800.0%  0  3.7% 
         Applied Mathematics  437  202  100.0%  0  0.5% 
         Mathematics/Statistics, General  244  62  200.0%  0  3.2% 
         Mathematics/Statistics, Other  87  61  200.0%  0  3.3% 
         Statistics  383  156  1,300.0%  0  8.3% 
     Physics  1,420  699  1,300.0%  0  4.9% 
         Applied Physics  145  81  400.0%  0  4.9% 
         Atomic/Molecular/Chemical Physics  125  74  100.0%  0  1.4% 
         Biophysics  127  64  1,000.0%  0  15.6% 
         Condensed Matter/Low Temperature Physics  439  195  100.0%  0  0.5% 
         Medical Physics/Radiological Science  84  60  1,000.0%  0  16.7% 
         Optics/Phototonics  216  117  500.0%  0  4.3% 
         Physics, General  284  108  300.0%  0  2.8% 
 Engineering  8,416  3,666  23,300.0%  0  6.4% 
         Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering  1,129  725  19,500.0%  0  26.9% 
         Chemical Engineering  1,002  488  2,000.0%  0  4.1% 
         Civil Engineering  633  230  100.0%  0  0.4% 
         Computer Engineering  412  109  100.0%  0  0.9% 
         Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering  2,004  632  500.0%  0  0.8% 
         Engineering Mechanics Engineering  66  21  100.0%  0  4.8% 
         Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering  283  152  100.0%  0  0.7% 
         Materials Science Engineering  874  382  400.0%  0  1.0% 
         Mechanical Engineering  1,467  620  300.0%  0  0.5% 
         Polymer and Plastics Engineering  80  22  100.0%  0  4.5% 
         Systems Engineering  105  69  100.0%  0  1.4% 
 Education  615  514  300.0%  0  0.6% 
 Humanities  172  132  300.0%  0  2.3% 
 Other Fields  360  278  1,200.0%  0  4.3% 
 Total  35,536  21,474  310,700.0%  0  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.