Individual Development Plan

An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is an essential tool to help postdoctoral trainees:

  • assess current skills, interests, and strengths;
  • make a plan for developing skills to meet academic and professional goals; and
  • communicate with supervisors, advisors, and mentors about evolving goals and related skills.


Is it required?

Starting in 2014 the university recommends the use of IDPs for all postdoctoral researchers and graduate students, and requires their use for all postdoctoral researchers and graduate students supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. This requirement comes in response to a NIH notice issued in summer 2013. Read the full policy.


Online Resources to Help You Create Your IDP

You can find templates, videos and other resources on the IDP website, including tips for discussing your IDP with your mentor.


Workshops on Creating an IDP

Learn how to define achievable goals, identify resources, and develop strategies for implementing and sustaining an IDP - and leave with a plan already started. List of upcoming workshops.


Contact for Questions

Email Imogen Hurley (, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Studies if you have any questions about developing your IDP.

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