23 - 27 February 2025
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Student opportunities at Advanced Lithography + Patterning

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

Jump to: Sponsored Student Grants open to all students  |  Nick Cobb Memorial Scholarship available to graduate students  |  Awards  |  Courses

Upcoming deadlines

Sponsoring a Student Grant: 30 October
Student Grant application: 21 November

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, plus a short course.

Reimbursement for travel and lodging*

See below for more details about travel reimbursement

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Deadline to apply for grant: 21 November 2024


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 will also be able to choose one short course they'd like to attend onsite, and the registration will be covered by the grant. 

*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 at the time of the conference.
  • 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.

Become a company sponsor of student grants


Sponsoring student grants puts your company in contact with qualified and skilled professionals, as well as shows your company's support of the growing semiconductor industry. For more information about contributing to the student grant program, download the sponsorship flyer below and email the Conference Program Coordinator, Josephine Hegeberg, for more information.

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Nick Cobb Memorial Scholarship for graduate students

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 at an amount of $10,000 per year, plus travel support paid for by Siemens EDA to attend SPIE Advanced Lithography + Patterning. Please watch for the application process to open again soon.

>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 SPIE Advanced Lithography + Patterning.

Recipients of the student grants will be able to select a short course of their choosing to be included with their registration.