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.

Ph.D. Students

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. 

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 regardless of funding status.

Updated IDP portal coming soon. 

Contact with any questions about this process.

Postdoctoral Scholars

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at the Graduate School of Wayne State University is excited to launch a revised and streamlined Individual Development Plan (IDP) process for all postdoctoral trainees. The IDP is mandatory for every trainee who is supported by governmentally funded projects. 

All postdoctoral trainees are required to submit an IDP on a yearly basis. 

The postdoctoral IDP submissions are due no later than April 30 every year. Click here to complete the IDP. 

Contact with any questions about this process.