96 страниц. 2012 год. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing The under-representation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields indicates the presence of gender related barriers that impacted the persistence of women in science and engineering doctoral studies. This study investigated the barriers of women doctoral students in STEM fields and identified supporting factors for them as well. It also tried to determine if there was any difference in perceived barriers among three disciplines - engineering, life sciences and physical sciences.