Mentoring Resources

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Best Practices for Mentoring Postdocs


Mentoring Resources


The Individual Development Plan (IDP)

We encourage faculty mentors at Georgia Tech to have their graduate and postdoctoral trainees complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and review it with the trainee regularly.

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) for postdocs was conceptualized by FASEB: "The IDP outlines a planning process to help postdocs identify their short- and long-term career and professional development goals and serves as a tool to facilitate communication about these goals between postdocs and their mentors."  

IDPs generally follow four-step process, which is driven by the postdoc or graduate student:

  1. Self assessment of skills, career interests, and areas which need development
  2. Discuss goals and opportunities available for career development with mentor
  3. Write down short and long-term S.M.A.R.T. goals
  4. Implement the plan and review it regularly with mentor

Further information about the IDP process:


Sample Assessment and IDP Templates


Mentoring Plans for Grant Applications