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"Mentorship is a professional, working alliance in which individuals work together over time to support the personal and professional growth, development, and success of the relational partners through the provision of career and psychosocial support." [1]   


UMD Individual Development Plan for Postdoctoral Associates, Scholars, and Fellows

Creating an Individual Development Plan (IDP) helps postdocs and their mentors assess skills, identify short and long term goals, and determine a plan for achieving research, professional, and career goals.

This document should be used during meetings with faculty mentors and their trainees as a means to foster communication to ensure the postdoc articulates his/her professional development needs, and the faculty mentor provides feedback on progress and expectations.

Download your IDP here (.doc) and here (.pdf).


National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)

The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community of faculty, postdocs, & graduate students from over 450 colleges and universities (check the NCFDD website).

The NCFDD offers a Mentoring Map that Postdocs can use in order to asses the areas where they need assistance, determine what mentors they already have to help in certain areas, and identify the areas where they may need new mentors. Download the NCFDD Mentoring Map here.


Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan Template

An individual Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan will be established between every Postdoctoral Fellow and their mentor. This template will serve as a guiding thread to help establish the short- and long-term goals for the Postdoctoral Fellows and the related activities and professional development to ensure the fellows’ success in the career of their choosing.



The Science of Effective Mentorship In STEMM (A BTAA Graduate Deans Dissemination Event in Collaboration with the NASEM)

Download the Report Highlights. Find more information here.


Professional Development

The Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Dr. Blessing Enekwe (, regularly offers Mentor Training Workshops, by the end of which participants should be able to clearly articulate a personal mentoring philosophy to anyone inside or outside their discipline, and describe multiple strategies for dealing with mentoring challenges. Make sure you check OPA Postdoc Newsletter regularly, so you do not miss registration deadlines. 



Working with Graduate Students: A Mentoring Guide

Effective Mentoring in STEM: Practice, Research, and Future Directions

Entering Mentoring: A Seminar to Train a New Generation of Scientists

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - Centers and Programs

National Research Mentoring Network

The Global Postgraduate Diversity Resource - A CGS-ETS Joint Initiative

The Red Folder Initiative


 [1] National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (U.S.). Committee on Effective Mentoring in STEMM. (2019). The science of effective mentorship in stemm. (M. L. Dahlberg & A. Byars-Winston, Eds.) (Ser. Consensus study report). National Academies Press.