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Individual Development Plan Policy

Note for Programs:
Please track IDP submission in GSIM. Look for academic event "ZID - Compliant with IDP."

In response to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) notice NOT-OD-13-093 regarding the use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs) for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees who receive NIH funding support, the Graduate School and Office of the Dean of the Faculty will require:

  • All incoming and matriculated graduate students who receive NIH funding to complete and submit an IDP to their Director of Graduate Study by the end of their first semester or current semester, respectively;
  • All postdoctoral trainees to complete and submit an IDP to their mentor at the time of their initial appointment, or upon their next re-appointment;
  • All graduate students and postdoctoral trainees who receive NIH funding to submit an updated IDP to their Director of Graduate Study or mentor every year thereafter.

NOTE: Currently, the NIH is not requiring that this information be reported back but we anticipate this will occur in the near future.

Students and postdoctoral trainees may submit an earlier version of an IDP that they have completed as long as it was initially completed within the last 1-3 years and has been reviewed/discussed with their Director of Graduate Study or mentor.

The Graduate School will ask Directors of Graduate Study to track the completion of the IDP in the Banner system (GSIM) for graduate students, and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty encourages departments to record this information in the personnel file of postdocs. 

View the full IDP Policy.  

Individual Development Plan Instructions

In order to achieve compliance with the IDP Policy, please follow these steps:

  1. Download a copy of the IDP form. It is a Word document in which you can record your responses, save the file, and then add and change things as your projects and career plans evolve.
  2. When you have entered all the information you wish to include in your IDP, submit it to your Director of Graduate Study and spend some time discussing your achievements and goals together.