This survey on the state of doctoral studies in the Republic of Serbia in 2014 was conducted by the Association of PhD students and young researchers of Serbia (Doktoranti Srbije). Doktoranti Srbije is a national association of PhD students from both state and private universities in Serbia. The association has contact with more than 1,200 doctoral students from almost every university in Serbia. The largest number of contacts, which can be seen through the survey that has been conducted since 2010, come from the three largest state universities, which also have the largest number of accredited places in doctoral studies: the University of Belgrade, University of Novi Sad, and the University of Nis.
The first survey on the state of doctoral studies in Serbia was launched in 2010 as our response to, and an attempt to draw attention to, the problems that PhD students are facing, especially those who are studying under the so-called new Bologna PhD programs. The survey had a very good response rate right from the start: in 2010 we surveyed 335 doctoral students, in 2011 567 doctoral students, 625 doctoral students in 2012/13, and in 2014 we surveyed 447 doctoral students. It is important to mention that in 2011 and 2012/13 we had support from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, who forwarded our survey to all doctoral student receiving state stipends from the Ministry. It is thus clear that our survey reached the best doctoral candidates at all universities in Serbia and that the results would certainly be worse (more alarming) with a larger sample.
The results of the survey conducted by Doktoranti Srbije can be found at the following link: Survey analysis of the state of doctoral studies in Serbia 2014