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Individual Development Plans

The Career and Postdoctoral Services Office strongly recommends all Scripps postdocs and graduate students to create an Individual Development Plan (IDP). To learn about and complete an IDP suited for you, click above.

MyIDP, a free online tool from, leads students through the IDP process from self-assessment to engaging mentors.  It helps scientists identify their skills and interests, clarify their career options, and set smart goals to identify, attain, and succeed in a well-matched career.

TSRI graduate students now have a new career planning and self-assessment tool that can help them stay on track, conduct exceptional research, and know what to expect throughout their Ph.D. experience. Download TSRI's Grad Student IDP template.

There is also a shorter version available, which was compiled by Kathryn Applegate, Luc Teyton, and Ryan Wheeler.

AAMC Compact Between Biomedical Graduate Students and Their Research Advisors is intended to initiate discussions at the local and national levels about the grad student-advisor relationship.


"I have each person in the lab fill out an IDP annually. This allows them to track their progress each year, which gives them great satisfaction when goals are reached. Additionally filling out the IDP makes them consider the specific experiments, manuscripts, and fellowships they plan to work on and how this will be accomplished. This focus benefits the lab all year long." - Julie Jameson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Immunology & Microbial Science

"I have found that preparing an IDP when a graduate student or postdoc joins the lab is a great way for each of us to communicate goals and expectations for their time in the lab.  Revisiting the IDP annually really makes it clear whether or not goals are being met, helps clarify problems and provides a forum for developing new strategies for a successful lab experience." - Wendy Havran, Ph.D., Professor, Immunology & Microbial Science