Map Your Postdoc Journey

Postdoctoral training is the bridge that connects your life as a student and your life as an independent scientific professional. Your postdoctoral journey is time-limited, lasting one to five years and, and it will be over before you know it. With so much to do and so little time:    How do you decide what to accomplish during your postdoc?

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) has identified 6 essential milestones for all postdoc training.


Making the Most of Your Postdoc

Your Individual Development Plan (IDP)

As a postdoctoral scholar, you are responsible for your career trajectory and success, but your Stanford faculty mentors will also provide ongoing mentoring, guidance, and resources, in both scientific and career development, to support you toward your goals.

Click here to navigate your yearly Individual Development Plan (IDP) -- map out your career path at Stanford.

Applying for Fellowships

The process of applying for research funding supports not only good research, but also develops communication skills and independent thinking. Stanford can help  identify funding sources, develop proposals, and manage funding. Note that regardless of funding source, all postdocs must receive at least the minimum salary, and are entitled to benefits.  The faculty sponsor is required to supplement any  fellowship that does not meet the minimum salary and/or does not provide funding explicitly directed to benefits coverage.

For more information concerning the fellowship process and deadlines, please visit the RMG Fellowship page here

Your Postdoc Journey

Your Postdoc Journey: A Roadmap For Your Time at Stanford to Build Essential Skills.

We encourage all postdocs to find their passion and pursue it, in and outside of the lab.  This truly is: YOUR POSTDOC JOURNEY.

The MCP Department and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs have many ways to maximize the personalization of your professional development to meet your goals for your career. 

Choose professional development that is meaningful for you.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Postdoc Program series

MCP Postdoc Program Series

6 essential postdoc competencies

Postdoc Wellness

Mental Health "Be Kind To Yourself"

Stanford offers a number of workshops, classess, and resources to help maintain a healthy body.

Please see the following resources offered here

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Wellness Program Series here