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Paying for Doctoral Study in the Humanities

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Several forms of funding for the humanities enterprise in the United States are largely unacknowledged. These include teaching and research assistantships, employer support, and student self-funding and borrowing, which together with grants provided by universities and other philanthropic organizations, help subsidize advanced study in the field.

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* Percentages do not total to 100% for any year because this indicator does not track funding from foreign governments and other sources (these funds represent a very small share of humanities students’ financial support).

Source: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Humanities Indicators (humanitiesindicators.org). For years 1998–2006, estimates obtained from the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago: Doctorate Recipients from United States Universities: Summary Report (Chicago: NORC, 1999–2007). For 2007–2008: National Science Foundation, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, Division of Science Resources Statistics Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: Summary Report 2007–08, NSF 10-309 (Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, 2009), tables 22 and S-42. For 2009: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2009, NSF 11-306 (Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, 2010), table 32. For 2010: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2010, NSF 12-305 (Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, 2011), table 35. For 2011: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2011, NSF 13-301 (Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, 2012), table 35. For 2012: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2012, NSF 14-305 (Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, 2013), table 35. For 2013: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2013, NSF 15-304 (Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, 2014), table 35. For 2014: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2014, NSF 16-300 (Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, 2015), table 35.

The data on which this indicator is based are collected as part of the federal Survey of Earned Doctorates, which relies on information reported by doctoral students at the time they earn their degree.

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Source: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Humanities Indicators (humanitiesindicators.org). Debt estimates obtained from National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2014, NSF 16-300 (Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, 2015), table 35.

The data on which this indicator is based are collected as part of the federal Survey of Earned Doctorates, which relies on information reported by doctoral students at the time they earn their degree.

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