The ASML PhD Master Class will be held November 19–20, 2021.


This year, the event will be an online experience. We’ll showcase some of the complex challenges we’re currently working to solve, allowing PhD students and graduates to discover what it’s really like to work with the unbelievable technology found only at ASML. 

Applications closed

Applications for the ASML PhD Master Class closed on September 1, 2021.

Program details

PhD students and graduates will join a two-day online program, where they will get to know ASML and meet peers from all over the world.

Day 1

The first day kicks off with a presentation about optical lithography and patterning, followed by content-driven pitches from different departments at ASML. Afterwards, a virtual tour shows our headquarters in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. Participants will also get the opportunity to tell us more about themselves with a personal pitch as well as ask all any career-related questions.

Day 2

The second day is hands-on. Each team receives a case – participants will work together to solve a complex puzzle and experience one of our unique challenges firsthand.


We encourage you to apply if you are enrolled in a European university and graduated less than a year ago or are in your final year of your PhD program in one of the fields below.

Note: The event is only available to PhD students and graduates located within Europe due to IP restrictions. For United States-based PhD students, check out the PhD Symposium.

Show fields of study

  • Aerospace engineering

  • (Applied) Physics or astronomy

  • (Physical) Chemistry or chemical engineering

  • Computer science/software engineering, including embedded systems, artificial intelligence, data science, information technology, computational science, or machine learning

  • Electrical engineering

  • Materials science

  • (Applied) Mathematics

  • Mechanical engineering

  • Mechatronics or systems and control

  • Nanotechnology, nanoscience, or nanomaterials

PhD Master Class application process

1. Apply

Applications for the PhD Master Class closed on September 1, 2021. When applications open, you’ll need to submit your resume and cover letter. You may also include your GPA information and publications.

2. First selection round

We’ll let you know by September 14 if your resume has been selected. If you’re selected to proceed to the second round, we’ll ask you to record and submit a video cover letter (motivation video). 

3. Second selection round

The technical selection board will review your resume and video. We’ll let you know whether you’ve been selected to join the PhD Master Class by October 19.

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