Admission and enrolment

The program is open to graduates with a university MSc degree in Physics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and similar disciplines, with a high grade for their MSc research project.

The courses followed should definitely contain a number of physics subjects, especially those with a clear link to engineering (like optics, thermodynamics and thermal modelling, electrical theory, mechanics, vacuum technology etc.). Not all physic's subjects need to have been covered, but a clear flavor of physics must have been a part of the studies of the candidate. Experimental experience gained in laboratory work is important.

The candidate must be fluent in English, both written and spoken. 

Trainees in the program are employed by the university (approx. gross monthly pay of 1700 €; during two years). There is no university fee. The program is financed by the Dutch Government and the industrial partners.


For applications send your resume, motivation letter, grades list, summary of your MSc project, contact data of two references and any other relevant information to The application process consists of a number of interviews (including a presentation on your master work). After which the decision will be taken whether you will get a position.

Trainees should apply at least 4 months before a starting date, when a work permit/visa in the Netherlands is necessary. Trainees with a EU/EER background should apply at least 3 months before a starting date.


Students should submit one of the following as proof of English proficiency:

  • Having a Master degree which was taught in English
  • An original Academic IELTS score of at least 6.5 on average and a minimum of 6.0 on each individual point, or;
  • TOEFL scores of at least 90 (Internet-based). And at least 21 on each individual point. Students can arrange for their TOEFL results to be sent to the TU/e directly by using the TU/e university code number 8615, Please also fill in department code 99: 'any department not listed' otherwise your results will not be sent to correct department at TU/e, or;
  • University of Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), grades A-C.

During the program you are required to learn Dutch.

Starting dates

 Next starting dates for the program are:

  • August 1, 2017
  • October 1, 2017
  • January 15, 2018
  • August 1, 2018
  • October 1, 2018