National Statistics on Postdoctorates in the Biomedical, Behavioral, Social, and Clinical Sciences
Primary source of support for postdoctorates

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Legend Federal Fellowships Federal Traineeships Federal Research Grants Nonfederal Support Primary source of support for postdoctorates
X=2005;Y=2,571 X=2006;Y=2,625 X=2007;Y=1,876 X=2004;Y=2,648 X=2001;Y=2,618 X=2002;Y=2,823 X=2003;Y=2,557 X=2008;Y=2,011 X=2013;Y=1,691 X=2014;Y=1,648 X=2015;Y=1,484 X=2012;Y=1,726 X=2009;Y=1,837 X=2010;Y=1,808 X=2011;Y=1,811 X=2000;Y=3,074 X=1989;Y=2,081 X=1990;Y=2,197 X=1991;Y=2,249 X=1988;Y=2,019 X=1985;Y=2,000 X=1986;Y=1,991 X=1987;Y=1,974 X=1992;Y=2,267 X=1997;Y=2,656 X=1998;Y=3,303 X=1999;Y=3,032 X=1996;Y=2,620 X=1993;Y=2,356 X=1994;Y=2,560 X=1995;Y=2,564 X=2005;Y=2,557 X=2006;Y=2,494 X=2007;Y=2,599 X=2004;Y=2,312 X=2001;Y=2,303 X=2002;Y=2,472 X=2003;Y=2,438 X=2008;Y=2,842 X=2013;Y=2,664 X=2014;Y=2,796 X=2015;Y=2,652 X=2012;Y=3,142 X=2009;Y=3,078 X=2010;Y=2,776 X=2011;Y=3,008 X=2000;Y=2,426 X=1989;Y=2,392 X=1990;Y=2,486 X=1991;Y=2,631 X=1988;Y=2,479 X=1985;Y=2,374 X=1986;Y=2,512 X=1987;Y=2,463 X=1992;Y=2,731 X=1997;Y=2,645 X=1998;Y=2,761 X=1999;Y=2,517 X=1996;Y=2,592 X=1993;Y=2,783 X=1994;Y=2,807 X=1995;Y=2,586 X=2005;Y=17,428 X=2006;Y=17,333 X=2007;Y=17,499 X=2004;Y=17,087 X=2001;Y=15,207 X=2002;Y=15,666 X=2003;Y=16,399 X=2008;Y=16,762 X=2013;Y=17,274 X=2014;Y=17,177 X=2015;Y=17,099 X=2012;Y=18,668 X=2009;Y=18,669 X=2010;Y=18,904 X=2011;Y=18,896 X=2000;Y=14,687 X=1989;Y=8,129 X=1990;Y=8,504 X=1991;Y=8,894 X=1988;Y=7,076 X=1985;Y=5,817 X=1986;Y=6,251 X=1987;Y=6,846 X=1992;Y=9,595 X=1997;Y=11,878 X=1998;Y=12,623 X=1999;Y=13,294 X=1996;Y=11,589 X=1993;Y=10,352 X=1994;Y=10,766 X=1995;Y=10,801 X=2005;Y=9,784 X=2006;Y=10,404 X=2007;Y=11,995 X=2004;Y=9,477 X=2001;Y=9,579 X=2002;Y=9,192 X=2003;Y=9,960 X=2008;Y=14,195 X=2013;Y=15,195 X=2014;Y=16,179 X=2015;Y=16,459 X=2012;Y=14,940 X=2009;Y=14,620 X=2010;Y=12,868 X=2011;Y=13,769 X=2000;Y=9,169 X=1989;Y=5,795 X=1990;Y=6,404 X=1991;Y=6,550 X=1988;Y=5,275 X=1985;Y=4,211 X=1986;Y=4,666 X=1987;Y=4,891 X=1992;Y=7,281 X=1997;Y=8,863 X=1998;Y=8,969 X=1999;Y=8,782 X=1996;Y=8,557 X=1993;Y=7,729 X=1994;Y=8,624 X=1995;Y=8,278 Primary source of support for postdoctorates
* In 2010, the postdoctoral appointee (postdoc) section of survey was expanded and significant effort made to ensure that appropriate personnel were providing postdoc data. More information on the changes to the postdoc data collection is available at As a result, it is unclear how much of increase reported in 2010 represents growth in postdoctoral appointments and how much results from improved data collection. 2010 should be treated as break in trend data.

Due to the expansion of the postdoc data collection, the data regarding the source and mechanism of postdoc support reported in 2010 and later are not directly comparable to data reported in 2009 and prior years. Further details are available from the NSF at:

Postdoc data from 2010 and 2011 were reimputed following the 2012 data collection; these data supersede those contained in previous reports.

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SOURCE: National Institutes of Health, NSF-NIH Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering.