Doctoral studies

Application requirements for full-time History and Theory of Arts doctoral studies 2024 academic year

Dates and Deadlines

Application documents must be submitted. 26 August - 4 September 2024
Admission documents are submitted in one pdf. by e-mail (
Admission commission meeting (applicant’s participation is obligatory). 13 September 2024
The announcement of admission results. 13 September 2024
Reception of appeals. 16 September 2024
The announcement of the list of the invited to doctoral studies. 18 September 2024

Required documents

  • Application to the VAA rector;
  • A copy of Master diploma and diploma supplement in the original language, with the certified translation to English or Lithuanian (Documents issued in English or Lithuanian do not require a translation). 
    Please be advised that applicants with foreign qualifications, acquired outside Lithuania, will undergo mandatory academic recognition of these qualifications. Detailed procedure and requirements can be found in Academic recognition section
    Vilnius Academy of Arts (VAA) has been granted the right by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania to recognize foreign qualifications of its international applicants for the purposes of further studies at VAA. Recognition of foreign qualifications at VAA is accomplished by the International Relations Office.
  • Letters of recommendation of two recognized scientists (2024);
  • CV and description of scientific activity;
  • Scientific research project (in English or Lithuanian languages about 40000 characters); Dissertation project should be related to scientific researches carried out in Academy of Arts; The project must be assigned to one or two main research fields in order of priority (The list of themes for the 2024 entries will be published by early May 2024. The 2023 entries are currently available: THE LIST of research fields);
  • List and copies of scientific publications;
  • A copy of ID or passport;
  • A copy of a document certifying the change of name and/or surname if not all the documents submitted are under the same name and/or surname;
  • Receipt of admission fee;
  • Consent regarding processing of personal data.

Admission fee payment, account requisites

Admission fee is 50 EUR
Vilniaus dailės akademija
Legal entity (VAA) code 111950439
Swedbank AB
Account no. LT44 7300 0100 0245 5498
Bank code 73000
The title of the entrance fee should be: stojamoji imoka i doktorantura+applicant’s name.

 In case admission fee is paid not to VAA account the application is not considered. If an applicant withdraws the documents, the admission fee is not refunded.

Competition grade formula

The competition grade is the average of the research project (Mtp), the interview (Pk) and the quality of scientific publications (Mpb).

Ʃ - competition grade
Ʃ = 0,5Mtp + 0,3Pk + 0,2Mpb

Structure of the competition grade

The Admissions Committee uses a ten-point system to assess the candidate's submissions: research project, scientific publications, and suitability for research, motivation to pursue the chosen research problem, and research experience, as revealed during the interview. If the candidates have the same score, preference will be given to the letters of recommendation provided. Only applicants with a competition score of at least 7 may apply for the PhD programme.

Scientific publication - a publication published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Its quality is assessed by a score from 1 to 10. The overall quality of scientific publications is obtained by taking the arithmetic mean of the scores awarded by the members of the Admissions Committee for the quality of the publication.

Procedure for submitting and hearing appeals

An applicant has the right to appeal against a breach of the admission procedures. The appeal must contain a reasoned justification for the breach of the established admission procedures. The marks awarded by the Admissions Committee cannot be appealed.  

Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Admissions Committee of the History and Theory of Arts doctoral programme at, no later than the date indicated under 'Admission dates and deadlines'. The Appeals Committee shall consider the appeal within 2 working days of receipt. The decisions of the Board of Appeal shall be recorded in minutes and signed by the Chairperson of the Board of Appeal. In the event of irregularities in the admission procedure, a re-meeting of the Admission Board shall be announced.

The Appeals Board shall be composed of at least 5 members. The members of the Appeal Board for Doctorate of Science (History and Theory of Arts) are: the Vice-Rector for Arts and Science of the LMTA, the Vice-Rector for Science and Arts of the VDA, the Director of the LKTI, the Head of the Doctorate Programme in History and Theory of Arts, and one member(s) of the Doctorate Committee in Art History.

If the applicant is to be invited to the appeal hearing, the time and place of the appeal hearing shall be announced to the applicant in advance. The applicant may not be represented by another person.


Students admitted to state-funded places of doctoral studies receive a scholarship of the amount established by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania during the period of studies from 12 540 EUR to 14 520 EUR per year.

Tuition fee

Students admitted to state-funded positions are exempted of the tuition fee. Self-funded doctoral students pay the tuition fee that is 11 837 euros per year.

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