1 July 2022

Graduate destination studies, or tracer studies, offer invaluable information about the contribution of the doctorate to a country’s knowledge production system and the socio-economic impact of doctoral training. Such studies, however, are particularly difficult to do especially where a national graduate database is lacking. Funded by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and managed by the Water Research Commission (WRC), SciSTIP undertook the first national tracer study of doctoral graduates in South Africa with the aim to trace the mobility, career paths and other attributes of a representative sample of PhD graduates from South African universities across a range of sectors and disciplines. Download the full report.