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Application Procedure For Doctoral Studies 2021


Doctoral studies can be funded from the State budget and personal funds. 

The Application fee for PhD programmes is:

  • 40 € for citizens of the European Union
  • 80 € for other citizens

Application fee is non refundable.

Bank name: AB Swedbank
Bank code: 73000
Bank address: Konstitucijos pr. 20A, LT-03502 Vilnius, Lithuania

Swift code (for international payments): BIC HABALT22
IBAN number: LT617300010129229730

Bank account holder (beneficiary):
Klaipėda University, Herkaus Manto str. 84, LT-92294 Klaipėda, Lithuania
Company code: 211951150

Payment reference – Admission fee; Payment code – 105007
Payer – Applicant’s first name, surname
Payer’s code – Applicant’s personal code or date of birth


Ecology and environmental sciences

1. “Micro litter in the coastal environment of the southeastern Baltic Sea”
Supervisor Dr. Marija Kataržytė
2. “The role of meso- and submesoscale dynamics in the Arctic Ocean’s environment from multi-mission satellite observations”
Supervisor Dr. Igor Kozlov
3. “Nature-based solution strategies to mitigate pathogenic vibrios in Baltic Sea ecosystems”
Supervisor Prof. Dr. habil. Matthias Labrenz
4. “Constructed floating wetlands as nature-based solutions for ecosystem restoration and ecosystem services enhancement in coastal waters”
Supervisors: Dr. Jurate Lesutiene/ Dr. Artūras Razinkovas-Baziukas
5. “Metazoan parasites of fish in coastal freshwater and brackish water ecosystems”
Supervisor Prof. habil. dr. Sergej Olenin
6. “Biofouling in aquatic environment: processes and impacts”
Supervisor Prof. habil. dr. Sergej Olenin
7. “Monitoring and management of macro-litter in coastal zones”
Supervisor Prof. Dr. habil. Gerald Schernewski
8. “Marine benthic habitats: identification, classification and the development of indicators for the environmental status assessment based on underwater imagery”
Supervisor Dr. Andrius Šiaulys
9. “Ecological modeling for eutrophication studies in three European coastal waterbodies”
Supervisor Prof. Dr. Georg Umgiesser
10. “Assessment of effectiveness and optimization of water and nutrient retention measures in agricultural basins”
Supervisor Prof. Dr. Georg Umgiesser
11. “Earth Observation-based assessment of ecological status over surface waters”
Supervisor Dr. Diana Vaičiūtė

1. Persons with master’s or equivalent qualification degree are eligible for the admission.
2. Applicants have to participate in the meeting for the interview. The committee ranks the applicants based on the cumulative score resulting from the assessment criteria (table below) and the interview.
3. The Admissions Commission must provide the applicant with oral information on the additional study conditions and set it out in writing in the admission protocol.
4. Applicants that didn’t pass the procedure of admission to doctoral studies can apply again not earlier then after one year.
5. In case of vacancies are still left after completion of the first admission stage additional competition of admission to doctoral studies can be arranged according the same admission order.
6. The Committee of Doctoral studies takes decisions in all arbitrary cases.

Selection criteria:

Education level Selection criteria, extra points Formula of competitive mark
Master‘s degree or corresponding qualification Criteria:
1. Research project 1 , assessment score (A) 2
2. Interview assessment score (B) 3
3. Average of marks in diploma (annex) (C)
4. Assessment of final project (D)
5. Extra points: assessment of scientific research publications 4 (E).(E=0÷3)
KB= 0,4 A + 0,4 B + 0,1 C + 0,1 D + E 5

1 Topic of the research project of doctoral studies should be chosen from the list of dissertation topics for the study period 2021/2025. Research project should be written in English and should not exceed six pages of A4 format including pictures and Reference list (font size – 12 pt, line spacing – 1,5 line).

Following elements are necessary in research project:
introduction and state of the art;
relevance and innovative character of topic, specification and definition of scientific problem (research subject);
aim, goals and objectives of research;
research methods, necessary material and equipment of research, additional (planned) financial costs, emerging in the process of research;
description of the activities (preliminary activity plan);
expected results and provisional publication list;
short description of related research projects in KU;
integration of the proposed research into the general activity carried out by the Marine Research Institute, contribution to priority research areas, and cooperation opportunities and proposals (in a separate chapter).
expert list (national and international), necessary/relevant for dissertation;

2 Doctoral studies research project evaluation criteria:
Comprehensiveness of the dissertation topic presentation;
Relevance and novelty of the planned study;
Clarity in definition of the study object;
Relevance of the proposed research methods, preliminary work plan and the expected results;
Ability to write academic texts.

 3 Interview evaluation criteria:
   Level of general scientific education and specific knowledge of the chosen object of study.
Ability to present study objectives and tasks in a clear and logical way.
Sufficient knowledge of English.

4 Publications are assessed in accordance with their significance and author’s contribution.

5 Candidates obtained the score less than “8” (good) are not accepted for doctoral studies.


Admission procedures Dates
Announcement of competition for admission to doctoral studies 2021-05-31
Deadline of application submission for admission to competition
(Please provide all necessary documents, including a document certifying recognition of the qualifications acquired abroad)*
2021-09-01, 10:00 – 2021-09-15, 13:00
Meeting of Committee of Doctoral studies, including participation of applicants 2021-09-30**
Announcement of list for those invited to doctoral studies 2021-10-01, 10:00
Deadline for acceptance of appeals to Committee until 2021-10-04, 16:00.
Announcement of results appeals consideration until 2021-10-05 16:00
Deadline for acceptance of appeals to Rector until 2021-10-08 16:00
Announcement of results appeals consideration and the announcement of the admitted to doctoral studies until 2021-10-11, 16:00
Signing of study contracts with invited to doctoral studies 2021-10-15

* A document certifying recognition of the qualifications acquired abroad issued by Klaipėda University (contact person: Kristina Mataitienė, tel. +370 46 398951; e-mail: or the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education of Lithuania (;
Recognition of qualifications may take 2 to 4 weeks. )

**date and time of the meeting to be specified


1. Application to Rector (pointing to the form of studies)
2. Notary copies of diploma and annex of master’s qualification degree or corresponding higher education
3. In case education is acquired abroad, certificate of validation issued by Klaipeda university (contact person-Kristina Mataitienė ph. +370 46 398951; email: or  by Centre for quality assessment in higher education (

!!! The validation process takes 2-4 weeks.

4. Curriculum vitae
5. Recommendations of two researchers
6. List of own research works and their publications, participation at conferences with reports, awarded works in scientific research competitions
7. Research project of doctoral studies on the basis of chosen topic of dissertation
8. Copy of passport or ID
9. Receipt of initiation study fee from
10. Other documents which an applicant wishes to submit




Research and innovation office of Klaipėda University
Herkaus Manto str. 84, room 301, LT-92294, Klaipėda, Lithuania
Phone: + 370 46 398932, + 370 46 398936

Documents are accepted
MON-THU from 8.00 till 16.00
FRI from 8.00 till 15.00
lunch break from 12.00 till 13.00




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