Using an Individual Development Plan (IDP): For Students, Postdocs and Faculty

Postdocs who wrote research/career plans at the start of their appointments were 23% more productive than those who did not. They also produced 30% more first-author papers and 25% more grant proposals.

- 2005 Sigma Xi Postdoc Survey


What is an Individual Development Plan (IDP)?

An Individual Development Plan is both a product and a process.

As a product: an IDP is a written list of training and career goals mapped to a timeline. It serves as a framework for discussion between PI and the student/postdoc.

As a process: an IDP is a framework with four phases: 1) assessment, 2) career and professional development considerations, 3) goal setting, and 4) implementation


Learn more about IDPs


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