Postdoc Mentoring Plans

Postdoc mentoring plans are highly recommended wether or not required by funding agencies. As postdocs are trainees, a well developed mentoring plan may be vital to providing them with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a competitive market.


According the the National Postdoctoral Association:

Postdoctoral mentoring typically includes support for maximizing research skills and productivity as part of professional development as well as assistance in preparing for career success. Today postdocs need to consider all of their career options (academia, industry, nonprofit, governmental), and so effective mentoring becomes even more essential to their success.


Postdoctoral mentoring plans can provide a blueprint for the critical professional guidance that has been shown to be a key indicator for a successful postdoctoral outcome (Sigma Xi Postdoc Survey, 2004-05). Effective mentoring can lead to more independent, productive and satisfied postdocs. Mentoring plans also can be used to satisfy recent requirements by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on proposals that include support for postdocs. 


We have provided a brief guide for developing a mentoring plan:

Additional resources:

For more assistance with creating a postdoc mentoring plan, Contact CRPDE.