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Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Individual Development Plans or IDPs are a great way to assess, plan, and create a road map from where you are now to where you need to go. Several assessment tools are available to help you figure out where you want to go, what tools you have, and the skills you need to achieve your success. 

While IDPs are not currently required by the Graduate Division, we encourage all graduate students to create Individual Development Plans. 

If you are currently applying for fellowships, please be aware that some agencies like the National Institutes of Health require that you have an IDP on file at your institution. IDPs are handled at the department level, so please contact your graduate coordinator for more information. 

Professional Development Tools

Individual Development

The Office of Postdoctotoral and Research Scholar Affairs has more information about creating an Individual Development Plan to guide decision-making during graduate school.

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Career Planning

The Grad Life website has free career planning tools like ImaginePhD and MyIDP to help students explore the many pathways available to those with advanced degrees.

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