Individual Development Plans

What is an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and why do I need one?

Who can benefit from an IDP?

Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Mentors

What are they designed to achieve?

To identify and structure:

IDPs Work!

Success Rate For Careers:

Leads to better career outcomes for trainees through active career management.

Leads to higher career satisfaction through integration of your personal values and passions into career plans.

Success Rate for Publications:

Post-docs with a written career plan submit:

23% more papers to peer-reviewed journalsFootnote 1

30% more first-authored papersFootnote 1


To learn more, visit CIHR’s webpage on Individual Development Plans, which provides access to IDP resources including CIHR’s IDP Form.

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