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Resources for Postdoc Mentors

What is a Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan or Individual Development Plan?

A postdoctoral mentoring plan or individual development plan (IDP) is a key tool in establishing expectations and opening a line of communication for postdoctoral scholars and supervisors to discuss professional development objectives and career goals. A postdoctoral mentoring plan or IDP is a required and important component of many grant applications. Below are resources to help you build a competitive plan and to ensure your postdoctoral scholar has a positive and productive experience at the University of Arizona. 

University of Arizona Resources

The University of Arizona Research Development Services offers resources for creating a Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan (National Science Foundation) or Individual Development Plan (National Institutes of Health). 

  • For examples of Postdoctoral Mentoring and Individual Development Plans, please contact Research Development Services at

National Postdoctoral Association Resources

The University of Arizona is a member of the National Postdoctoral Association. All faculty at the University of Arizona are eligible to create a login as an ‘Individual Affiliate Member’ to gain access to the many resources available including:

Additional Resources

In addition to those listed above, there are many online resources with guidelines and templates to help you build an effective IDP:



Last updated 23 Feb 2016