New European Science Foundation (ESF) report published: Career Tracking of Doctorate Holders

by Aurelia Chaise

The European Science Foundation (ESF) has published a report “Career Tracking of Doctorate Holders”.

This report is based on a pilot project which aims to explore the career paths of post-doctorates and doctorate Alumni from five research funding and research performing organisations: AXA Research Fund (AXA RF), France, Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR), Luxembourg, Goethe Graduate Academy at the Goethe University Frankfurt (GRADE), Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland and TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, a co-sponsored programme of UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank and WHO.

Main findings include different research outputs and satisfaction levels between respondents with employment continuity and those with temporary contracts. Amongst other issues, the report discusses the growing numbers of doctorate holders in a context of academic employment bottlenecks and geographic and sectoral mobility patterns. It culminates in a set of recommendations aimed at doctoral funding and employing institutions as well as European policy-makers.

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