Individual Development Plan

Individual Development Plans (IDPs) are documents designed to support doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees in developing career plans and trajectories. The IDP provides a structure to identify concrete steps towards long-term goals and a framework for constructive conversation between students and their mentors/advisors.

For Ph.D. students, the IDP is a companion to the Plan of Work, which focuses on academic coursework and program milestones, and the Annual Progress Review, which monitors academic progress towards dissertation completion. This information sheet explains the basic differences between these three forms.

Because of the importance of an IDP in a trainee's career development and recent mandates from federal agencies, an annual IDP is required for all doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees regardless of funding status.

How to complete your Individual Development Plan:

The IDP submission system has been updated. Ph.D. forms are due electronically no later than May 1, 2018. Please follow the guidelines below.

  • Ph.D. students who were enrolled in both the fall and winter term will receive an email notification and links to complete the IDP through Academica.
  • Use the IDP worksheet to reflect on your professional goals, values, strengths and development opportunities.
  • Meet with your mentor/advisor to review your IDP and discuss your career goals, identify resources and refine your goals.
  • Submit your IDP:
  • All Ph.D. students and postdoctoral trainees are required to submit an IDP by the end of their first year and update annually. Postdocs should use their approximate hire date as the annual deadline.

All Ph.D. students and postdoctoral trainees are required to submit an IDP by the end of their first year and update annually. Postdocs should use their approximate hire date as the annual deadline.

Contact phdstudents@wayne.edu with any questions about this process.

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