PhD Summer School 2018

Kaunas University of Technology organises the 3rd International PhD Summer School, aimed at the development of transferable skills.
When? 20 - 24 August 2018
Where? At the seaside resort Palanga.
Doctoral students with strong intellectual curiosity will have an opportunity for exploration, cultural enrichment, experience exchange.

KTU PhD Summer School 2018 (download PDF)



Basic Info

KTU International PhD Summer School aims to:
- equip participants with essential skills that are necessary in all fields of science;
- provide participants a valuable chance to network with participants form other countries;
- share a friendly social environment, and an exciting time at the seaside resort Palanga.

Prerequisites. The summer school is held in English. In order to participate, doctoral students should have sufficient language skills.
Group size: 50 doctoral students.

We will provide each participant with:
* 3-day training courses,
* meals
* welcome pack, 
* a certificate of participation including 2.0 ECTS credits.
* Bonus! Additional 3-hour training on 24 August 2017 (see programme)


"Early-bird" registration 15 March 2018
Standard registration 15 May 2018

Registration fees

"Early bird" registration fee: € 200 EUR
Standard registration fee: 250 EUR

Within 2 working days after submitting of the application, the participant will be provided with bank details for the registration fee to be paid

The participant takes responsibility for his/her travel, insurance, accommodation, and extra activities expenses.

Please note, that according to Resolution of the Municipal Council of Palanga a local charge (1 EUR per person for 1 overnight) is collected, and it is an obligatory levy for accommodation for one overnight stay per person >>Palanga local charge. This charge is not included in participation fee.)



Project Manager Vita Daudaravičienė, e-mail:, skype:


The PhD Summer School takes place in Palanga ►.


Palanga city map
I love Palanga
Discover Palanga
Tourist map „Lithuanian seaside“

Transportation to the venue: Palanga Airport
Students receive detailed travel information after successful registration. The travel expenses to and from venue, accommodation have to be covered by the participants.



Monday (20 August 2018)
Arrival, registration

Tuesday (21 August 2018)
Opening of the Summer School
60-second Introduction
Oral Presentation and Communication Skills Development

Wednesday (22 August 2018)
Developing Research Projects Proposal Writing Skills

Thursday (23 August 2018)
Research Ethics and Integrity

Friday (24 August 2018)
Entrepreneurship and Innovations.
Prof. Dr. Arminas Ragauskas, Kaunas University of Technology


Monday (August 20)

  Time     Event/Topic     Venue  
15:00 - 18:00 Arrival, registration  
18:00 - 19:00 Welcome dinner  

Tuesday (August 21)

Wednesday (August 22)

Thursday (August 23)

Friday (August 24)

Time Event Venue
7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast  
9:00 - 12:00

Entrepreneurship and Innovations.
Prof. Dr. Arminas Ragauskas, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch  


Arminas Ragauskas







Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis! In order to meet our quality requirements, the number of participants is limited to 50 PhD students. Therefore, we urge you to register as early as possible.

>>> online registration form >>>

After you submit your registration form, you will receive an automatic reply. If you do not receive any reply within 3 days, or you are not sure about your application status, please contact

Payment instuctions

The registration is considered to be complete only after the registration fee is paid. After you submit your registration form, we will send you an invoice for the PhD Summer School. After we have received your payment, we will send you an acceptance letter.  Your acceptance is condidtional until you have paid the Summer School registration fee. You cannot attend the Summer School if you have not paid the registration fee.

Please note: your registration and professional education will be examined, and in case of doubt your registration can be rejected.



How much time per day shall I plan for studying?

This Summer School is a full-time. Each day course consists of about 8 academic hours of instruction per day.

What kind of financial support is available for Summer School participants?

Doctoral students usually can apply to their scholarship organization or research council for a grant to cover the costs of attending this kind of event. Some universities or their departments, doctoral programs, etc. may provide small-scale grants for attending training events. Research projects funded through third party funds may also include a budget to cover members’ training needs. Please enquire your research council, local mentor, supervisor or research training group. 

Will there be internet access at the venue?

During the Summer School you are welcome to use wireless internet, which is available at the event center. Each participant of the Summer School will receive login information on the first day of their arrival. Or you may ask for login information at the Hotel 'Gabija" reception desk.

What are my chances if I am on the waiting list only?

When participants cancel their registration or when they do not pay the participation fee on time, the vacancies for other participants become available. We will inform you as soon as a place becomes available and expect you to respond quickly to our offer.

Can I cancel my participation in the Summer School?

Yes, you can. For this reason you have to e-mail us.
For details on our reimbursement policy, please read the terms and conditions.

What is the weather like in Palanga in August?

Summers in Palanga are the warmest in July and August, when average maximums are 21°C and minimums are 13°C.

When should I arrive at venue? 

The registration will take place on 21 August, 2017 from 15:00 till 18:00.
However, if you have a late flight or late arrival, you should arrive at venue no later than 8:30 on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, as the course starts at 9:00.

When should I book my travel? 

You should book your travel as soon as possible, if applicable, to arrive on time for the event and leave no earlier than 18:00 on Thursday 24th August 2017 when Summer School officially closes.
· Where possible, please fly into either Palanga Airport or Kaunas Airport which are closer to Palanga. 
· Use the train where possible; it’s better for the environment!

What should I do if I require a visa? 

Depending on where you come from, you may have to provide a formal obligation when applying for a visa at the Lithuanian embassy. Please inquire at your nearest Lithuanian embassy which documents you need for your visa application and let us know as soon as possible what type of document you will need. Your request will be processed and a soft copy of the invitation letter will be sent by email. If you require a hard copy letter, please provide a delivery address.
Please keep in mind that usaully it takes at least a week to prepare the requested documents.

What should I do if I have a special dietary need? 

Should you have any special dietary needs, please make sure you let us know when you register.

What should I do if I need a doctor or have a medical emergency? 

While in Lithuania, in a medical emergency, dial 112.

Are letters of reference required? 

At the time of application letters of reference are not required.  We will contact the supervisor(s) of shortlisted candidates if necessary.

Does the Summer School have specific language requirements? 

The Summer School language is English throughout. Proficiency in English is therefore required. A formal proof of competence in English (IELTS, CPE or TOEFL) is recommended but not mandatory.

How much is the registration fee? 

The Summer School registration fee is 250 Euros. It includes 3 full training days, meals (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, 6 coffee breaks), welcome pack, a certificate (2 ECTS credits).
Please note: the registration fee does not cover travel expenses to and from, health and other insurance expenses, accommodation, or leisure activity fees. Also, according to Resolution of the Municipal Council of Palanga a local charge (1 EUR per person for 1 overnight) is collected, and it is an obligatory levy for accommodation for one overnight stay per person >>Palanga local charge. You will be asked to pay the local charge at the hotel or privat renting when you accommodate, as this charge is not included in registration fee.

What documents should I provide upon my registration? 

You will have to send a copy of your passport/or ID card and/or document certifying that you are a doctoral student to upon request.

I have submitted my application but I have not received a confirmation - when can I expect to hear something? 

A confirmation that your application is received will be sent to you by e-mail indicated in the registration form. Please type your e-mail address carefully. If you are in doubt of your registration, please e-mail to

I am having problems uploading documents, what should I do? 

Some PDF documents may have an encoding or signature certification which interferes with saving the document in our system.  Therefore before trying to upload please ensure that the PDF is in the correct format or rescan.

I am unable to attend the whole school, may I still apply? 

Unfortunately the dates for the school are fixed and participants must attend the whole school without exception.