Stanford University
Postdoctoral Scholars


Effective mentoring by faculty is critical to the success of postdocs and to the career development of the faculty. Mentoring entails an institutional commitment by Stanford towards a meaningful postdoctoral training experience, towards a high quality of that training that entails mentoring opportunities and sufficient breadth of experiences to allow for preparation and exposure to a variety of career choices.

Regular meetings are required activities that postdocs and faculty are encouraged to do. This process ensures that a dialogue in areas other than regular scientific discussions between the postdoc and his or her faculty mentor takes place, and serves as an opportunity to discuss deficiencies in performance or adjustments in future plans or expectations.

Towards that end, Stanford University has adopted a new Individual Development Plan (IDP) policy and encourages every postdoctoral faculty advisor to have three meetings with their postdocs:  

Expectations for Stanford faculty in a mentoring relationship with postdoctoral scholars:

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