The Postdoctoral Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a guide that supports thoughtful, comprehensive and individualized postdoctoral training. IDPs include an assessment of skills and progress, identify short- and long-term goals with associated resources, and clarify the expectations of both postdoc and faculty sponsor.
- Establishes a foundation for a solid working relationship with your postdoc;
- Sets clear expectations;
- Assesses progress, skills and developmental needs; and
- Sets research, training and professional development goals and plans for achieving them.
The tracking system maintained by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs tracks the meetings and documents the dates on which postdocs discuss their IDP with their faculty mentors. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs does not collect the forms. A complete training record of IDP meetings will be accessible by faculty for inclusion with their grant proposals and progress reports.