National Academics Panel Study (Nacaps) 2018

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and Aggregate Data
  • Adrian, Dominik
  • Ambrasat, Jens
  • Briedis, Kolja
  • Friedrich, Christian
  • Fuchs, Amrei
  • Geils, Matthias
  • Kovalova, Iryna
  • Lange, Janine
  • Lietz, Almuth
  • Martens, Bernd
  • Redeke, Susanne
  • Ruß, Uwe
  • Sarcletti, Andreas
  • Schwabe, Ulrike
  • Seifert, Moritz
  • Siegel, Madeleine
  • Teichmann, Carola
  • Tesch, Jakob
  • de Vogel, Susanne
  • Wegner, Antje
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW)
Publication Date
  • Weber, Anne (Data Curator)
  • Birkelbach, Robert (Data Curator)
  • Hoffstätter, Ute (Data Curator)
  • Daniel, Andreas (Data Curator)
  • FDZ des DZHW (Distributor)
Funding Reference
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
Free Keywords
PhD students; funding; mobility; structured doctoral studies; health; employment trajectories; mentoring; young academics; doctoral students; science system; motives for doctoral studies; non-monetary returns; personality; dropout of doctoral studies; scientific careers; doctorate; reconciling work and family life; forms of doctoral studies; labour market success within and outside of academia; monetary returns; young scholars
  • Abstract

    Nacaps, the National Academics Panel Study, is a new longitudinal study of doctoral candidates and doctorate holders in Germany funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project aims at providing nationwide cross-sectional and longitudinal data on doctoral students and doctorate holders in Germany regarding their study conditions as well as their career trajectories within and outside of academia. The Nacaps study series apply a panel design to multiple cohorts. In 2019, all doctoral students registered at 53 doctorate-granting higher education institutions as off 01.12.2018 were invited to a first survey. Further panel waves follow at yearly intervals. Topics of the survey are e.g. the kind and structure of doctoral studies, motives for conducting doctoral studies, the mentoring situation, working and employment conditions, plans for career paths after the doctorate, international mobility, as well as individual characteristics of respondents. By covering these topics and by considering important indicators on young scholars, the Nacaps data provide important knowledge for national reporting (e.g. the federal report on young academics called “Bundesbericht wissenschaftlicher Nachwuchs”), for local steering, as well as for numerous further stakeholders. Moreover, the data offer an opportunity to investigate scientific research questions in the field of academic careers.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2019-02-18 / 2019-05-01
    Nacaps 2018 - first wave (doctoral candidates)
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
  • Nacaps 2018 - first wave (doctoral candidates): Persons who were registered for a doctorate at a German university on the cut-off date 1 December 2018
Total universe/Complete Enumeration
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Panel
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Web-based
    Nacaps 2018 - first wave (doctoral candidates): Standardised online survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 7092
    Number of Variables: 1040
    • File Name: nac2018_p_c_1-0-0
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 28368
    Number of Variables: 1040
    • File Name: nac2018_p_d_1-0-0
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 28368
    Number of Variables: 1040
    • File Name: nac2018_p_r_1-0-0
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 28368
    Number of Variables: 1040
    • File Name: nac2018_p_o_1-0-0
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)
  • Berroth, L. (2020). Promotionskontexte in Deutschland: Ausdifferenzierung - Fach - Geschlecht [Masterthesis]. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hannover.
  • Briedis, K. (2020). German study: most doctoral candidates are satisfied with their situation.
  • Briedis, K., Carstensen, J. & Jaksztat, S. (2020). Gesundheit als Gegenstand der Hochschulforschung: Erste Ergebnisse aus zwei DZHW-Studien mit Promovierenden und Promovierten. (DZHW Brief). Hannover: DZHW.
  • Wegner, A. (2020). Die Finanzierungs- und Beschäftigungssituation Promovierender: Aktuelle Ergebnisse der National Academics Panel Study. Hannover: DZHW Brief.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-08 | Issue Number: 11 | Registration Date: 2020-06-30