Doctoral studies consist of taking doctoral courses, conducting scientific research, writing up and defending doctoral dissertation. Doctoral studies at Vilnius University can be studied in a full-time or part-time. The duration of full-time doctoral programme is four years, part-time studies can take up to 6 years until completion.
Admissions 2020 (expired)
All the required documents for admission to PhD studies in Management are submitted until 2020-08-20 by email .
Research projects are submitted by midnight 2020-08-20 by email .
Admissions interview with the selected candidates is held on 2020-08-26 10AM (GMT+3) at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, VU, Saulėtekio al. 9, 2nd building, room 701 or remotely via Microsoft Teams app.
Requirmerents for a research project
The title of a research project may coincide with one of the approved PhD topics in the fields of Economics and Management (see above) or may deal with a more specific scientific problem. An admitted candidate will be able to change the title in the future. The length of a research project is limited to 3000 words.
Research projects will be evaluated according to the following aspects:
- The title is clear and describes well the research question.
- The research question is clearly formulated, relevant and well-motivated.
a) What is the main research question?
b) What is the main reason of the scientific problem?
c) What are the research goals and objectives?
- A brief analytic discussion of the scholarly research to date on the topic.
a) What is the current state in the field?
b) What are the main contributors?
c) In what ways will your research create valuable and useful knowledge?
- Theoretical framework and methodological approach of research has been described.
a) What are the main theoretical/empirical challenges related to your research question?
b) What (type of) data will you use?
c) What is the expected progression of the research?
d) Will you need to collaborate with other researchers or organizations?
e) How realistic is the implementation of the project in practical terms?
- A brief statement of applicant’s qualifications.
a) Have your previous degrees given you the necessary knowledge of the field, discipline, and methodologies you require?
b) What research training will you need to undertake?
All applicants are processed through the initial evaluation, which consists of evaluation of the research project, and applicant’s research experience. The evaluation is performed by all members of the Admissions Committee in a 10-point scale. The average score of applicant’s evaluation determines the eligibility of an applicant to proceed to the motivational interview (in case of the average initial evaluation score of 7 and above).
Applicants’ final competition score is calculated as follows:
- the assessment of the research project and the interview (60%),
- average grade of the Master's diploma (15%),
- a grade of the Master’s thesis (15%),
- the assessment of the importance of scientific publications (10%).
On the basis of the final score, the PhD Admissions Committee shall rank the applicants for the admission to the state-funded positions.
fees and funding
State-funded 1st year PhD students receive a monthly scholarship of €722. Starting the 2nd year the sholarship increases to €836.
Vilnius University tuition fee for full-time (part-time) PhD students is set to €9449 (€6299) per year. Tuition fee can be reduced to Vilnius University faculty members if they have been working at Vilnius University for at least 20 hours per week for the past 10 months.
State-funded PhD students are exempted from tuition fees.
Candidates, showing outstanding academic potential, in addition will be offered a full-time or part-time position of a Junior Research Fellow. Maximum duration of employment contract - 2 years with a possibility of an extension to another 2 years, monthly salary: €1067.50.
Doctoral studies require high involvement and motivation. That’s why these studies should be choosen by those who are not afraid of challenges, consistent work and of course have a clear vision of academic career. Mentioned studies contribute to a mature, independent personality development, because most of the responsibility during studies falls on the doctoral student. During your doctoral studies, you have a great opportunity to combine the existing practical and theoretical knowledge and to contribute to science with new ideas that can successfully serve in addressing some of the problems or developing new research areas.
Adomavičiūtė Karina, graduates Ph. D in 2016
Ph. D study should be a journey: a journey to stimulate potentials of inventive and innovative academic works, a journey to forge determined and liberated characters, and a journey beyond imaginations. As our world has become a global village, creating and maintaining unfair advantages are becoming core issues for not only nations, organizations but also for researchers, which is why young people are encouraged to explore overseas study adventures.
I am from Guiyang, a less developed city of China. However, during my last 10 years, I spent time in different countries for different levels of studies and research activities. Choosing Vilnius University of Lithuania for my Ph. D level was a deliberative decision: Lithuania as a representative fast growing emerging market in Baltic region, an ideal country to connect Europe, and Vilnius University as one of the most renowned and spiritual inspiring universities with hundreds of years' history and reputation. And the decision has already been proved to be very wise.
For all researchers, there is freedom in Vilnius University to explore the background color of a zebra grey or black, so, welcome aboard.
Yuanyuan Liu, Ph. D student from 2015
Doctoral studies can be defined as a real and big challenge, since it requires lots of self-efforts and individual works. As a doctoral student, you will be embarking on one of the most intensive study experiences of your academic career so far.
Unlike the undergraduate or Master’s study experience, research studies are more likely to involve longer and less structured periods in which to do your work.
As a doctoral student, you will have close, professional interaction with your main supervisor and other officially associated with your study, as well as many more informal working interactions.
During your doctoral studies, you can combine your experience and your scientific analysis, and then contribute to science, in proposing new ideas and adding values to the research’s topic, in order to make them useful and beneficial for the future researchers.
Georges Kfouri, Ph. D student from 2014