Master studies

Tuition Fee Waiver For Full-time Master Degree Studies

Tuition waiver will be awarded to the most motivated and competent international non-EU/EEA student applying for Master’s degree programme of Eastern European and Russian studies. This scholarship only covers the full cost of the tuition fee.



  • Candidates must be non-EU and non-European Economic Area citizens who apply for Eastern European and Russian studies master programme.
  • Candidates cannot have other financial support covering tuition fee from other Lithuanian or Foreign organizations.

How to apply:

  • Application deadline for tuition fee waiver is 15th of July. Applicants must submit a written request, together with a motivational letter by e-mail
  • The final list of students who receive tuition waiver will be announced no later than 1st of August.


General admission:

All international students wishing to take the Master’s degree programme in Eastern European and Russian studies must apply online using the University Admission website.

More information about admission procedure can be found here.

To apply for this programme, you need Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and English level of B2*. The selection criterion is based on the weighted average of all grades recorded in the transcript of your academic report (50%) and the evaluation of your motivation (motivational essay + interview) (50%). The dates of the interviews will be published in April.

*In order to apply for Master’s degree program, you are not required to submit a certificate of English language knowledge (IELTS or TOEFL scores), nevertheless, you will need an official English language certificate to apply for state/University grants.



PhD studies

Full-time PhD studies


Selection of candidates is based on an evaluation of a short description of a prospective research project

Prospective research project (appr. 20 000 symbols) in the area of political science includes:

1. A prospective topic of scientific research
2. Assessment of originality, the relevance of the topic as well as major research in the area;
3. Aims and purposes of the research, preliminary hypothesis, if applicable;
4. Research methods;
5. Major literature sources (10 positions appr.)


The prospective research project is evaluated by the Admission commission. The Commission makes a decision concerning the admission of a candidate on the basis of evaluation of the research project and interview with a candidate. During the interview, a candidate may be asked to comment on his/her research project and answer the related questions and remarks.

Detailed information on the admission to VU doctoral programs and deadlines for submission of documents will be published later.

External PhD studies


To apply for the external doctoral studies, a candidate has to:

1. Have a master’s degree or its equivalent;
2. Have been published two articles with the mains results of his/her research (articles have to be published or submitted to press in the publications as identified by the Government of Lithuania
3. Have been prepared a doctoral dissertation

Application and admission


The application with all required enclosures must be mailed via regular (air) mail or by an international courier service. E-mailed or faxed applications or enclosures will not be processed. Submission of documents and admission to the doctoral program takes place in June. Detailed information on the admission to VU doctoral programs and deadlines for submission of documents will be published later.

Applicants will have to submit to the Office of Doctoral and Postdoctoral Studies the following documents:

1.  an application addressed to the Rector;
2. a copy of the passport or any other valid identification card;
3. copies of the Master’s diploma or of a higher education diploma equivalent to it and their supplements;
4. Curriculum Vitae;
5. a completed questionnaire with a photo;
6. a short description of a prospective research project;
  7. a list of research works and their copies, conference presentations, works awarded at academic competitions (if there is any);
8. recommendations by two academic referees from the topic of the relevant field of science;
9. a certificate of assessment of academic qualifications issued by the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (if it is asked);
10. 15 Eur instalment cheque.

The decision concerning the admission is made by the faculty of Vilnius University, responsible for the implementation of the doctoral study program, to which a candidate applied.

The faculty decides whether the submitted dissertation meets the requirements and can be defended without corrections/amendments or with minor amendments, as well as to which doctoral exams a candidate has to pass before the defence. If more substantial amendments are necessary, the faculty decides whether the dissertation can be finalized within one year. A supervisor is appointed to guide the finalization of the dissertation.

If the faculty decides that the dissertation cannot be finalized within one year, the application to external doctoral studies is rejected.

The following topics of doctoral dissertations in political science at the IIRPS VU were approved by the Doctoral Committee (protocol No. DK-2019-02) on March 18th, 2019

  1. Evidence-based management and collaboration with stakeholders in policy design and execution (consulting scientist prof. dr. Vitalis Nakrošis)
  2.  Theoretical innovations in security studies: transformations of the concept of security (and its subject) and technological changes (consulting scientist prof. dr. Dovilė Jakniūnaitė)
  3.  Problems of contemporary politics (consulting scientists prof. dr. Dovilė Jakniūnaitė, prof. dr. Alvydas Jokubaitis, prof. dr. Vitalis Nakrošis, prof. dr. Ainė Ramonaitė, prof. dr. Gediminas Vitkus)

Submission of documents and admission to the doctoral program takes place in June. For detailed information about admission to VU doctoral programs and deadlines for submission of documents, please visit VU page.

Application for doctoral studies and scanned copies of necessary documents should be uploaded online at any time from June 3rd until June 25th, 12:00. The request may be corrected by the enroller by 25th of June, 12:00. Scientific projects should be sent until 21st of June, 12:00 by email The interview for doctoral studies will take place on June 27th, 2019, 10 a.m. at VU TSPMI, room 119.