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Table 40. Postdoctoral appointees in science, engineering, and health in all institutions, by detailed field and primary mechanism of support: 2013
Field Total Fellowships Research grants Traineeships Other types
of support
All surveyed fields 61,942 6,483 39,635 3,683 12,141
    Science and engineering 43,395 4,162 30,128 1,617 7,488
        Science 36,289 3,667 24,587 1,534 6,501
            Agricultural sciences 1,319 56 1,022 13 228
            Biological sciences 19,330 1,903 12,793 1,018 3,616
                Anatomy 258 20 187 11 40
                Biochemistry 2,097 191 1,407 62 437
                Biology 2,141 289 1,489 48 315
                Biometry and epidemiology 638 55 324 128 131
                Biophysics 164 12 93 4 55
                Botany 614 22 465 10 117
                Cell biology 2,387 369 1,423 97 498
                Ecology 107 5 69 4 29
                Entomology and parasitology 258 11 203 2 42
                Genetics 1,394 102 909 95 288
                Microbiology, immunology, and virology 2,188 228 1,455 142 363
                Nutrition 214 11 139 15 49
                Pathology 1,505 141 901 107 356
                Pharmacology 1,284 116 826 115 227
                Physiology 1,412 169 858 109 276
                Zoology 94 8 78 3 5
                Biological sciences nec 2,575 154 1,967 66 388
            Communication 76 19 45 1 11
            Computer sciences 765 68 600 9 88
            Earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences 2,032 299 1,366 18 349
                Atmospheric sciences 209 30 156 2 21
                Geosciences 730 101 498 9 122
                Oceanography 423 59 334 5 25
                Earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences nec 670 109 378 2 181
            Family and consumer sciences and human sciences 90 13 44 7 26
            Mathematical sciences 932 123 410 118 281
                Mathematics and applied mathematics 787 109 317 105 256
                Statistics 145 14 93 13 25
            Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary studies 891 95 606 66 124
            Neuroscience 1,696 204 1,088 100 304
            Physical sciences 7,197 569 5,530 56 1,042
                Astronomy 407 64 302 5 36
                Chemistry 3,850 343 2,866 37 604
                Physics 2,682 155 2,138 14 375
                Physical sciences nec 258 7 224 0 27
            Psychology 1,023 150 664 79 130
                Clinical psychology 104 37 35 6 26
                Psychology, general 568 48 414 47 59
                Psychology nec 351 65 215 26 45
            Social sciences 938 168 419 49 302
                Agricultural economics 61 4 48 0 9
                Anthropology (cultural and social) 118 27 43 2 46
                Economics (except agricultural) 62 18 21 3 20
                Geography 89 6 65 1 17
                History and philosophy of science 14 4 5 0 5
                Linguistics 33 7 18 0 8
                Political science 239 31 99 20 89
                Sociology 93 14 35 15 29
                Sociology and anthropology 3 0 0 0 3
                Social sciences nec 226 57 85 8 76
        Engineering 7,106 495 5,541 83 987
            Aerospace engineering 202 18 142 7 35
            Agricultural engineering 152 0 125 4 23
            Architecture 17 6 9 0 2
            Biomedical engineering 1,103 89 843 31 140
            Chemical engineering 1,230 62 957 17 194
            Civil engineering 587 37 467 0 83
            Electrical engineering 1,180 113 913 7 147
            Engineering science 240 35 201 0 4
            Industrial engineering 133 8 92 1 32
            Mechanical engineering 1,034 75 796 5 158
            Metallurgical and materials engineering 809 29 674 10 96
            Mining engineering 7 0 3 0 4
            Nuclear engineering 105 5 92 0 8
            Petroleum engineering 49 1 36 0 12
            Engineering nec 258 17 191 1 49
    Health 18,547 2,321 9,507 2,066 4,653
        Clinical medicine 15,831 2,002 7,893 1,837 4,099
            Anesthesiology 439 46 281 38 74
            Cardiology 777 121 440 94 122
            Endocrinology 441 78 215 74 74
            Gastroenterology 317 38 145 47 87
            Hematology 348 52 143 50 103
            Neurology 941 118 567 57 199
            Obstetrics and gynecology 301 53 129 24 95
            Oncology and cancer research 1,859 186 902 138 633
            Ophthalmology 528 50 354 17 107
            Otorhinolaryngology 160 17 101 22 20
            Pediatrics 1,584 271 666 195 452
            Preventive medicine and community health 703 88 344 116 155
            Psychiatry 1,008 130 451 198 229
            Pulmonary disease 288 69 95 59 65
            Radiology 921 156 513 49 203
            Surgery 1,297 98 600 109 490
            Clinical medicine nec 3,919 431 1,947 550 991
        Other health 2,716 319 1,614 229 554
            Dental sciences 303 12 180 44 67
            Nursing 77 20 23 19 15
            Pharmaceutical sciences 995 107 630 31 227
            Speech pathology and audiology 49 1 30 11 7
            Veterinary sciences 564 89 310 29 136
            Other health nec 728 90 441 95 102

nec = not elsewhere classified.
NOTE: "Field" refers to the field of the unit that reports postdocs to the Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering.
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, NSF-NIH Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering, 2013.
Data from survey cycle Fall 2013, as of 8 August 2014.