Student opportunities at Advanced Lithography + Patterning

Find information about student grants, scholarships, awards, and programming to support those new to the industry

Students: attend for free

Student grants and scholarships are funded by leading companies and individuals from across the lithography community. The primary goal of these funding opportunities is to drive student participation.

Learn more about grants sponsored by companies and the application process below or start your application.

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Free webinar to learn about career opportunities

Join technology leaders to learn about the important, rapidly-expanding, and lucrative semiconductor industry.

Semiconductor Lithography: An introduction to the Science, Careers, and Opportunities
12 December 2022
8:00 AM PT

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Grants provide a unique opportunity

Learn alongside the experts

Explore the semiconductor industry, meet noteworthy experts, and network with peers.

All conference registration fees covered

Student grants cover the full cost of admission.

Reimbursement for travel and lodging*

See below for more details about travel reimbursement

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Deadline to apply for grant: 19 December 2022

U.S. students can receive up to $500 and international students can receive up to $1,000 to cover travel costs. Travel costs that can be reimbursed include air fare, gas, and/or trains, and also lodging, such as hotel or Airbnb.

*Students must save all receipts to receive reimbursement. If receipts are not kept, no reimbursement will be given.

Eligibility + Requirements

  • Only students may apply. All students in high school (pre-university/secondary), community and technical colleges, undergraduate programs, and graduate programs qualify. 
  • Students must be enrolled in a program related to optics and photonics and in school for the full year beginning fall 2022 (Aug 2022-Jul 2023).
  • Student authors will receive priority over student attendees. However, all interested students are encouraged to apply.
  • If the student is an author, then a manuscript must be submitted to proceedings by the due date.
  • Preference may be given to those who have not received any previous awards from SPIE.

Additional details:

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Administration will be through a committee that has been established by symposia, conference chairs, and advisory committee chairs.
  • Applications are reviewed on their own merit, based on the experience and education level of the individual student.
  • Students will be selected relative to other applicants with similar educational backgrounds.
  • If students know each other and both receive the grant, they are encouraged to lodge together to save on funds.

Nick Cobb Memorial Scholarship

The Nick Cobb Memorial Scholarship supports the education of a graduate student studying in a field related to advanced lithography. This scholarship will be awarded to one student annually for three years (2022, 2023, 2024) at an amount of $US 10,000 per year, plus travel support paid for by Siemens EDA. Although the application deadline has passed for this year, please watch for the application process to open again in April 2023.

Awards provide recognition for outstanding work

Awards can boost resumes and launch indiviuals' professional trajectories, especialy students and early career professionals. If you know about research that is deserving recognition, be sure to share information about SPIE awards at Advanced Lithography + Patterning so researchers can submit their work.

Take a course in-person

Students are encouraged to review available courses at Advanced Lithography + Patterning.