National Postdoctoral Association
UCF is a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association
(NPA), which can help you connect with the broader postdoctoral community and provides
many excellent resources. UCF encourages your participation through a free
The National Postdoctoral Association has identified six core competencies for postdoctoral scholars. These competencies serve as a guide for the scholar
through self-assessment and planning of goals for training and skills they wish
to enhance or acquire during their postdoctoral experience.
Since competencies often overlap and affect each other, “the
most effective use of the NPA Core Competencies may be to identify and focus on
development in areas that will lead to growth in more than one competency” (The NPA Postdoctoral Core Competencies, pp. 2-3). For each competency, NPA offers extensive
guidance as well as reading lists.
Individual Development Plan
An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a written proposal
of goals for personal and professional development. Creating an IDP helps postdoctoral
scholars evaluate current skills, interests and strengths; create a plan for
developing skills for meeting academic and professional goals; and communicate
these goals with their mentors. Faculty mentors can assist their postdoctoral
scholars in refining their goals and creating an action plan to measure their
It is recommended that all postdoctoral scholars complete an
IDP with their mentor and revisit it annually. Below you will find helpful
resources from professional societies, academic institutions, and UCF.
Postdoctoral scholars who are UCF Preeminent Postdoctoral
Program (P3) recipients are required to create an IDP and report
annually on their progress to the College of Graduate Studies.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): myidp.sciencecareers.org
American Psychological Association (APA): www.apa.org/education/grad/individual-development-plan.aspx
American Psychological Association (IDP video tutorials): www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxf85IzktYWKwEW53Vxv0fGdmNriATHza
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guideline for IDP: grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-13-093.html
National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Core Competencies: www.nationalpostdoc.org/?CoreCompetencies
U.S. Department of Commerce IDP for Business Students: hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfoasa/@ohrm/documents/content/dev01_006607.pdf
UCF Services and Programs
Postdoctoral scholars can find support through a variety of
UCF services and programs.
Office of Research
Graduate Studies, Pathways to Success
Health and Safety, EHS Training
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
International Affairs and GlobalStrategies
counseling sessions and mock interviews – call 407.823.2361 to schedule
in Pathways to Success