Selected candidates and their supervisors submit Personal Career Development Plans to the Academic Committee, describing:
i) the full research plan;
ii) the potential papers to prepare;
iii) the advanced and transferable skills courses, specific training needs, and other actions that they should complete (e.g. oceanographic campaigns, scientific meetings, short training stays at other laboratories).
A formal presentation and defence of the Personal Career Development Plan before the Thesis Committee at the end of the first semester, as well as defense of annual Dissertation Progress Reports, ensure a periodic process of mentoring and identification of difficulties.