PhD studies

A Doctorate of Philology (D. Phil) is an academic degree that qualifies the holder to teach at the university level in the specific philological field. Research doctorates are awarded in recognition of academic research that is publishable in a peer-refereed academic journal. Earning a research doctorate also requires successful completion of a regimen of coursework beyond the masters level.

Doctoral studies are very popular at Vilnius University. Each year competition for admission to doctoral studies is organized. Doctoral studies at the university are orientated towards the quality of study, flexible study process scheduling and establishing the suitable academic environment. Doctoral students enhance their knowledge in various workshops, by participating in international events, academic projects and performing educational work.



An electronic and a printed and signed version of the research proposal must be submitted. The research proposal should be 8,000–10,000 characters long, including spaces and excluding the bibliography. The Application Committee will not consider proposals that exceed these limitations. Requirements for the printed proposal are the following: 1.5 spacing, font size 12, top and bottom margins 2 cm, left margin 2.5 cm, right margin 1 cm.

Applicants must submit research proposals to doctoral studies committees on 10–21 June. If not all required information or documents have been provided, the application will not be accepted. The Faculty of Philology will accept research proposals submitted prior to 21 June 2019, 3.00 p.m. GMT+3. Successful applicants will be selected based on the research proposal and an interview. The dates of research proposal and interview evaluation are the following: 27 June, 10 a.m., J. Balkevičiaus Roomfor general and comparative literary studies andRoomV2for linguistics.

Electronic proposals must be sent to  (.doc or .docx formats are accepted). Printed and signed proposals must be sent to the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Philology or submitted at the ground floor of the Office. Scanned versions of proposals are also accepted.


Research proposal requirements

A personal applying for doctoral studies should specify a dissertation theme chosen from the list of themes published by the Doctoral Committee. Applicants accepted for doctoral studies cannot change the theme or the supervisor of their dissertation. A PhD student is the member of the same unit of a faculty as his supervisor. (Note: this requirement is valid for the duration of the application process. NB: the theme of the dissertation IS NOT the topic).

In the research proposal, the candidate should:

  • describe the topic of the prospective dissertation and the related problems;
  • discuss the general state of research in the topic in Lithuania and worldwide;
  • specify the relevance of the topic for a specific area and field of study;
  • discuss possible research methods.

During the interview, the applicant will be asked to respond to the questions asked by the Doctoral Committee. The assessment criteria are the candidate’s competence in the subject, ability to participate in a discussion, and fluent and correct language use.


Criteria for the research proposal

The Examination Committee shall consider the following criteria when evaluating the research proposal:

  • the object, problem, aims, and objectives of the planned research project have been clearly specified;
  • the relevance of the topic in terms of research and development has been discussed;
  • the applicant can provide a theoretical basis for the planned research, is familiar with research already conducted on the topic, can identify the connections between various works as well as critically evaluate and summarize these works;
  • the planned research material corresponds to the object of the research, is authentic and sufficient;
  • a methodology suitable for the aims and objectives of the research has been suggested;
  • the proposal meets the general requirements for research projects and the requirements of correct language use (the proposal does not contain plagiarism, contains new and original ideas, the writing is logical and consistent, the references and bibliography are consistent, the work is written in correct academic register).

Doctoral applicants will be asked to participate in an interview at the Faculty of Philology. The project and the interview will be evaluated on a 10-point scale by the Doctoral Applicants’ Examination Committee of the Faculty of Philology, which is appointed by the Rector of Vilnius University. The grade is calculated as the average of all the votes of the Commission’s members. To ensure objectivity, project evaluation is anonymous.


Doctoral Committee of the Faculty of Philology

  • Prof. Dr Meilutė Ramonienė (chairwoman)
  • Prof. Dr Daiva Aliūkaitė
  • Prof. Dr Vytautas Bikulčius
  • Prof. Dr Habil. Axel Holvoet
  • Prof. Dr Vytautas Kardelis
  • Prof. Dr Jadvyga Krūminienė
  • Prof. Dr (HP) Dainora Pociūtė-Abukevičienė
  • Prof. Dr (HP) Regina Rudaitytė
  • Prof. Dr Irena Smetonienė
  • Prof. Dr Habil. Bonifacas Stundžia
  • Prof. Dr Habil.  Aurelija Usonienė
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr Mintautas Čiurinskas
  • Dr Solveiga Daugirdaitė
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