PhD Alumni Study

Study Background 

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) is very proud of its PhD graduates and is interested in studying the different ways they contribute to society. In keeping with similar studies conducted by the Universities of Toronto and British Columbia, in spring 2018, the Faculty hired a research consultant to connect with the university’s PhD alumni who graduated between 2005 and 2017 to help the university better understand the PhD experience post-graduation and provide insight into how to better support current and future PhD students.

This initiative – The University of Alberta PhD Career Preparation and Outcomes Study – is funded by a Government of Alberta Grant called “A Vision for Innovation in Alberta: Excellence and Transformative Talent”.

The University of Alberta PhD Career Preparation and Outcomes Survey

A key component of this initiative is the distribution of a short online survey to over 5,000 PhD graduates in January 2019. Survey results will demonstrate the diverse ways PhD graduates are using their degrees and how they are contributing their talents to our social and economic prosperity. The Faculty’s goal is to have the most robust results as possible.

For every survey completed, a donation will be made to the University of Alberta Campus Food Bank.

Ethical Adherence

  • The survey has been reviewed by the University of Alberta Research Ethics Board and FGSR will not use the results from this study for future research without their further approval.
  • The completion of the survey will imply consent to participate.
  • Participation in the survey is entirely voluntary and individuals may choose to not complete the survey at any point without any consequences.
  • Survey responses will be held in the strictest confidence. Data will be kept confidential and secured via encryption.  Data will be accessed only by study personnel on a password protected computer.
  • Completion of the survey is guaranteed to be an anonymous process since survey participants are not asked to identify themselves in any way. All results will be presented in reports at an aggregate level only (e.g., by Faculty).
  • All researchers and research assistants working on this project will comply with the University of Alberta Standards for the Protection of Human Research Participants.

Should you have any questions or comments about the study in general or about your participation specifically, you may contact the independent research consultant who was hired for this research study. You may reach Marianne Sorensen, PhD, at 780.430.1179 or via email