QInF 2018 Europe

2018 Europe Program Details

In 2012, Qualcomm Research established a fellowship program in Europe following the successful model in the U.S. For 2018 the program in Europe will be run as a single competition where students from all invited universities in Europe compete. Each winning student receives a fellowship in the amount of $40,000 for the upcoming academic year and is assigned a Qualcomm researcher as a mentor to facilitate close collaboration and interaction with Qualcomm’s corporate research center. The European winners are also invited to join the U.S. winners day at the Qualcomm headquarter in San Diego, CA.


We believe that research and development is the key to harnessing the power of imagination and to discovering new possibilities. We are excited to announce a new kind of Fellowship that promotes Qualcomm’s core values of innovation, execution and partnership. Our goal is to enable students to pursue their futuristic innovative ideas.

Application Process
Participating Universities
Areas of Interest





Alessandro Aimar

Differentiable Neural Computers: Theory, Application and Hardware Acceleration


Tobi Delbruk

Chaochao Lu

Causal Learning for Computer Vision


Zoubin Ghahramani,
Jose Miguel Hernandez-Lobato

Henri Rebecq

Learning Representations for Low-latency Perception with Frame and Event-based Cameras


Davide Scaramuzza

Rakshith Shetty

Learning to Controllably Edit Images


Bernt Schiele,
Mario Fritz

Robert Pinsler 

Loss-Calibrated Bayesian Compression


Carl Rasmussen

Seungryul Baek 

Active Data Augmentation Planning for Depth-based Hand Pose Estimation


Tae-Kyun Kim

Thomas Moerland

Double Uncertain Exploration

TU Delft

Catholijn Jonker,
Joost Broekens

Yongqin Xian

Bidirectional Generative Models for Imbalanced Data


Bernt Schiele,
Zeynep Akata

We will be awarding Fellowships to three winning students for the 2018-19 academic year.

Each of the three winning students will be awarded a $40,000 fellowship for submitting the most innovative proposals. The respective academic departments at each university will administer funds to the winning students for their fellowship work and research expenses for the academic year of 2018–19.


The main judging criterion is an innovation proposal that must include:

  • Introduction and problem definition
  • Innovation proposal and relation to the state of the art
  • The one year horizon of the project (even if the proposal is a multi-year project)
  • The strength of the student for achieving the proposal milestones

See FAQ for more details.


Winners will be selected through a two-phase process:

  1. Finalists selection: Applications must be submitted online by the deadline noted in the Timeline tab. Each application must include (in PDF or Word format):
  2. Winners selection: Finalists must prepare a 15-minute presentation for the judges. Presentation must be in PowerPoint or PDF format. The presentation generally includes:
    • The idea
    • The differentiating factors from state of the art
    • The execution plan / strength of the student

Please check back to this page regularly for application and program updates.


Faculty & Mentor

In addition to the faculty advisor(s) to guide the fellowship research, Qualcomm will also provide industry experts to mentor the students, as well as regular collaboration opportunities with Qualcomm Research & Development to further assist with projects. Successful projects will be reevaluated after one year for further research funding from Qualcomm.


More Info?

Do you need further Information? Please direct your questions to: innovation.fellowship.europe@qti.qualcomm.com.

Qualcomm Research is a division of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Qualcomm is inviting applications for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2018 from outstanding PhD students in the following Universities:

The following shows a set of focus areas for this year, but outstanding proposals in other areas will be considered as well:

  • Machine Learning and Deep Learning for Vision
  • Object Recognition and Scene Understanding
  • Action and Event Recognition
  • Vision and Language Embedding
  • Fine-grained Image Recognition
  • Deep Reinforcement Learning
  • Automated speech processing
  • Person/Face Detection and Tracking
  • 3D Model Acquisition
  • Use of Sensors and Hybrid Approaches
  • Optimization Techniques for Mobile Devices

Note: We also welcome proposals in other areas since we are very keen to learn about things we do not know!

Program launch: Launch with email and posters in January 2018 (details to be announced)

Proposal submissions: February 15, 2018

Finalist announcement: March 19, 2018

Deadline for presentation slide submission: April 26, 2018

Finalist presentation: May 3, 2018 (date to be confirmed)

Winner announcement: May 2018

Fellowship Winners and Finalists

The Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship began in 2009, and has continued to grow with the addition of more universities, more candidates, and expansion to our research centers internationally. Take a look at a list of all our fellowship winners and finalists from years past: