Admission to the doctoral program in the field of history and archaeology at Vilnius University and the Lithuanian Institute of History shall be carried out by a joint Doctoral Admission Committee.

The competition score for admission to the Ph.D. in History and Archaeology shall consist of the weighted average of the Ph.D. research project and the interview, the weighted average of the supplement to the diploma certifying the award of the Master's degree or equivalent qualification, and the evaluation of the research work (if any).

Doctoral research project. Applicants for the Ph.D. in History and Archaeology must submit a printed and signed research project (the subject of the doctoral thesis must be indicated) and the recommendations by two scholars.  The length of the project is up to 30,000 characters including spaces (about 10 numbered pages). Requirements for the printed text are the following: line spacing: 1,5 line spacing; font size: 12 points; margins: 2 cm at the top and bottom, 2,5 cm at the left, and 1 cm at the right.

The research project must include the following:

- the topic of the future doctoral thesis and the problems of the research, as well as the aims and objectives of the research;

- the sources of the future research and the state of research in Lithuania and worldwide;

- presentation of the novelty and relevance of the planned research;

- presentation of the methods of the research;

- presentation of the main research questions. 

Interview. Doctoral applicants shall participate in an interview during which they answer questions from the members of the Doctoral Admissions Committee on the topic of the research project and the planned doctoral thesis.

Research papers. Along with the research project, applicants may submit copies of their published (or accepted for publication) scientific articles to give a more complete picture of the applicant's scientific achievements.

Evaluation criteria. The research project and the interview with the applicant will be evaluated on a 10-point system. The research project will be reviewed by a reviewer appointed by the History and Archaeology Ph.D. Committee. The review is not communicated to the applicants. The Ph.D. Admissions Committee, taking into account the conclusions of the reviewer and the interview with the applicant, will evaluate the results of the research project and the interview according to the following criteria:

- accurate and clear formulation of the scientific problem;

- the relevance and novelty of the chosen topic and the perspective of the research are duly justified;

- knowledge of the historiography and sources; 

- the project should be written in appropriate academic form and language.

The reviewer of the research project shall also evaluate the applicant's research work. The Admissions Committee may award up to 1 additional point for high-quality research papers, taking into account the reviewer's conclusions.

An electronic version of the research project with a signature, two scientific references, and scanned copies of articles, conference papers, prize-winning papers, etc. should be sent by e-mail to between 10 June and 17 June at 3 p.m. (15.00).

Admission to the 2024 Ph.D. program in History and Archaeology will take place on Wednesday 26 June at 10.00 a.m. at Vilnius University, Faculty of History, Room 329 (Universiteto str.7, 3rd floor).

Information on the admission procedure and studies at the University is available on the website and at the Doctoral and Postdoctoral Department of the Central Administration of Vilnius University on weekdays from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (16.00) at the following address: Universiteto g. 3, Vilnius, Room 108 and 109; telephone: +370 5 268 7095, +370 5 268 7093, e-mail: ).

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