Mentoring Plans

Mentoring Plan Examples

Mentoring plans for postdocs are now required as part of many grant applications, including NIH and NSF. When composing your Mentoring Plan, do not forget to include the following:

  • The University of Nevada, Reno has an Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Our office offers career guidance and professional development activities to postdocs on campus, through campus-wide events as well as through individual consultations.
  • The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs maintains a website that provides resources and support to postdocs and faculty.
  • Plans to administer Individual Development Plans (IDPs). The NIH has released a notice outlining the importance of Individual Development Plans (IDPs) for graduate students and postdocs supported by NIH grants. Further, NIH annual progress reports now require discussion on the use of IDPs for graduate students and postdocs. As such, it is strongly advised to include IDPs in your mentoring plans. For more information on IDPs, visit the Postdoc Resources page.
  • The University is a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association. All postdocs, faculty, and administrators have access to the wealth of resources available through NPA's website.
  • The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) has put forth a guide to help principal investigators develop their mentoring plans.