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Individual Development Plans

Postdoctoral research fellows who started their fellowships on or after July 1, 2018 will be required to complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP) with their mentors. After the annual IDP discussion, both mentor and fellow will sign the IDP Completion Form and email to prior to the fellow's annual reappointment.

An IDP provides a communication process for both the postdoc and the PI to work together to:

  • Identify short- and long-term career goals and discussion of time frame for fellowship completion
  • Define milestones for expected scholarly contribution, including authorship of publications, grant writing, presentations, etc.
  • Determine the postdoctoral fellow's progress in development of relevant skills
  • Identify professional development resources that may be beneficial for the fellow

Key Resources

Though the postdoc and PI are free to customize their own IDP formats, we strongly recommend using the following resources:

IDP Completion and Submission of Signature Form

The postdoctoral fellow should begin creating their IDP approximately four to six months after their initial start date and schedule a meeting with their PI to discuss and finalize the IDP. The mentor and fellow should schedule follow-up meetings at least annually until the end of the fellowship. Both the mentor and postdoc should sign and submit the IDP Completion Form electronically to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at prior to the fellow's annual reappointment.  Please do not include the actual IDP content as this is primarily intended as a career planning and training development process between the postdoc and mentor.

Who Needs to Submit and When: Important Submission Dates

Depending on the official start date of the postdoctoral research fellow's appointment, IDP completion forms are required by certain dates as indicated below.

Appointment Start DateIDP Completion Form Due Date
January 1 - June 30December 30
July 1 - December 31May 31
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