The PhD Master Class is organized twice a year: in spring and in autumn. The next edition of the ASML PhD Master Class will be held online on November 17 & 18, 2023.


Applications for the ASML PhD Master Class are currently closed.

Take a peek inside a previous PhD Master Class

The PhD Master Class showcases some of the complex challenges we’re currently working to solve. It also allows PhD students and graduates to discover what it’s like to work with the cutting-edge technology found only at ASML.


Get an idea of what the PhD Master Class has to offer based on our previous event.

Program details

PhD students and graduates will join a two-day, event where they'll 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. Afterward, you get to roll up your sleeves and dig in: each team receives a case study and participants work together to solve a complex puzzle and experience one of our unique challenges firsthand.

Day 2

The second day has plenty of room for more personal interaction. Participants will get the opportunity to tell us more about themselves with a personal pitch as well as ask all their career-related questions. We’ll also show you around our headquarters through a campus tour and lab tour.

People sitting in front of a laptop


We encourage you to apply if you’re in your final year or are a recent graduate of a PhD program at a European university in one of the fields below.

Note: Due to IP-related restrictions, this event is only available to PhD students and graduates located within Europe. US-based PhD students are invited to check out our PhD Symposium.

Show fields of study

  • Aerospace engineering

  • (Applied) physics or astronomy

  • (Physical) chemistry and chemical engineering

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

  • Electrical engineering

  • Materials science

  • (Applied) mathematics

  • Mechanical engineering

  • Mechatronics and systems & control

  • Nanotechnology, nanoscience and nanomaterials

PhD Master Class application process

1. Apply

Applications for the PhD Master Class closed on September 3, 2023 (23:59 CET).

When applications open, you’ll need to submit your CV when you apply. You may also include your GPA information and publications. A cover letter is not required.

2. First selection round

We’ll let you know within a week's time after applications close if your CV has been selected.

If you’re selected to proceed to the next 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 CV and video.

We’ll let you know whether you’ve been selected to attend the event by mid-October.

Still got questions?