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Higher Education and Training

Training Program Surveys

SfN conducts a regular survey to monitor the status of neuroscience training programs in the U.S. and Canada, as well as identify emerging trends.

The survey of SfN’s Institutional Program members addresses a variety of programmatic issues concerning graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and financial support. Recent data are compared with the results of earlier surveys, providing useful longitudinal perspectives.

Prior to 2009, the survey was conducted by the Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs (ANDP). Since the consolidation of ANDP and SfN in June 2009, the survey is administered by SfN.

Report of Survey of Neuroscience Graduate, Postdoctoral, & Undergraduate Programs (Academic Year 2010-2011):


Read the Neuroscience Quarterly article on the 2009 survey:


Read the Neuroscience Quarterly article on the 2007 survey:


Prior to 2007:

  • Full 2005 Survey Report
  • Full 2003 Survey Report
  • Full 2002 Survey Report
  • Full 2000 Survey Report
  • Full 1998 Survey Report

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Institutional Program Membership

Become an Institutional Program (IP) member and benefit by:

• A listing in the IP Member Directory

• Discounted Graduate School Fair rates

• Nomination for the Undergraduate Student Travel Award

The representation of U.S. racial and ethnic minorities as a percentage of all predoctoral trainees, postdoctoral trainees, and tenure-stream faculty has remained low and relatively constant in the surveys conducted over the past decade.