QInF 2018 India

2018 India Program Details

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. proudly announces the launch of Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2018-2019 program for selected Indian universities. Each winning team (up to 2 students and sponsoring faculty advisor(s) ) will receive a financial award for the academic year 2018-19, plus assignment of a Qualcomm researcher as a mentor to facilitate close interaction with Qualcomm Research.

The Program is sponsored by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. headquartered at 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA 92121 (“Sponsor”).

Qualcomm Research is a division of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Deadline for submission is extended to March 14, 2018. Please follow the submission instructions listed below.
Note: Participants who have already submitted their proposals can edit/update their submissions until March 14, 2018 (if needed), through the online submission portal.

Participating Universities
Areas of Interest
Application Process

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. is inviting applications for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship India 2018 from undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (and related) departments at:

  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

We invite teams to submit proposals focusing on following technology domains within Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (and related areas).

Advances in Communication Techniques & Theory

  • Ultra reliable and low latency communications
  • Wide-area wireless networks using high-frequency and mmWave spectrum
  • Massive MIMO, network MIMO, and coordinated multipoint processing
  • Wireless systems for unlicensed/shared spectrum
  • Low energy networks (Bluetooth LE, 802.15.4, Zigbee, Wi-Fi, etc.)

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

  • Fault tolerant computing
  • Radar Signal Processing
  • Object detection and mapping
  • Driver assistance algorithms
  • V2V and V2X
  • Safe and reliable path planning

Machine Learning

  • Advances in understanding and optimization of deep learning architectures
  • Representation learning, Transfer learning, Reinforcement learning, Continual learning
  • Visualization and testing of neural networks
  • Applications: NLP, security, semantic video, etc.
  • Low power compute architectures for neural networks

Computer Vision and eXtended Reality

  • 3D perception, mapping, reconstruction, and geometry interpretation
  • Object detection, recognition, tracking, scene understanding and description
  • Multimodal sensor fusion for precise 6DOF estimation
  • Eye-tracking devices and algorithms
  • Full skeleton (hands included) and Human body capture and tracking
  • Real time rendering challenges and solutions (in VR HMD systems)
  • Lighting/illumination modelling
  • Multi-focal displays

Multimedia Signal Processing: Imaging, Audio and Video

  • Computational imaging and photography
  • Low light photography improvements
  • Multi-aperture and multi-modality imaging/applications
  • Light-fields capture, processing and compression
  • Folded optics
  • Automated speech recognition and synthesis

Advanced Semiconductor Electronics

  • Ultra-low (uW) power embedded platform for edge computing (ULP architectures and designs, HW accelerators, power generation and management, novel memories, security)
  • CMOS (3D IC, thermal-aware designs, circuits, advanced packaging techniques, etc.)
  • RF / analog ASICs and architectures (Sub-6GHz 5G power amplifiers, mmWave RFIC for 5G NR, adaptive RF signal processing algorithms, etc.)
  • Advanced antenna (millimeter-wave and phase-array antennas), novel antenna materials, structures and implementations

Processor Architecture and Implementation

  • Novel processor architectures, microarchitectures, extensions, and accelerators
  • Multimedia and gaming architectures (not limited to GPU, GPGPU, VLIW, DSP, etc.)
  • Novel architectures for artificial intelligence, edge training and inference
  • Security features of CPUs and accelerators at the instruction set, memory system, and SOC levels

Submissions will be open from January 15, 2018. Template will be provided on this website for proposal submission by the teams.

The team can be comprised of up to 2 students, wherein at least one student member of the team has to be enrolled as a Masters (MS / M.Tech.) or PhD student in the Electrical Engineering or Computer Science department (or related department) for the entire 2018-19 academic year. A second student team member is optional and can even be a final year under-graduate. Each student on a team is an "Entrant". Also, each team must have a faculty advisor supporting the proposal. The Masters or PhD entrants from each team may elect to choose ideas from their on-going or planned research and/or thesis projects in accordance with their university policies.

Each team shall submit an innovation proposal (download the template) that must include the following:

  • Three page innovation proposal (plus optional page for bibliography/references)
    • 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
  • Letter from one or more faculty members recommending the innovation including:
    • Why the proposal is innovative
    • Why the proposal is important
    • Why the current team is likely to succeed in their proposal
  • Each student's Curriculum Vitae
  • Signed agreement form by the team members (acknowledging the official rules of Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship program in India). Download the official rules (see link below), and sign at the marked location in the rules document thus agreeing to the competition rules.


See FAQ for more details.

Official Rules for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship - India 

Official Proposal Template for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship - India


Winners will be selected through a two-phase process:

  1. Idea selection for presentation: Applications must be submitted online by the specified deadline (see Timeline tab). All proposals will be reviewed internally by a team of Qualcomm researchers. A subset of teams will be selected as Program Finalists and notified in April 2018. Selected (“finalist”) teams will be invited to a Sponsor facility to make a presentation of the research proposal described in their Application to a judging panel.  
  2. Final proposals selection: Each selected (“finalist”) team must prepare a 20-minute presentations for the judges. Presentations must be in PowerPoint or PDF format. Templates for this presentation will be provided. The presentation generally includes:
    • The proposal idea
    • The differentiating factors from state of the art
    • The execution plan / strength of the team

Seven winning teams will be chosen from this pool of selected teams after they present to the judging panel.

The winning teams will be invited to a Sponsor facility (within couple of weeks of winner announcement) for presenting the proposal details.

The official rules for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship are available for download.

All QInF-related information will be announced on this webpage. Please check back regularly for updates.


Faculty & Mentor

In addition to the faculty advisor(s) guiding the fellowship research, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. will help with assigning a mentor to facilitate periodic interaction opportunities with Qualcomm Research.


Funding Renewal Opportunity

The selected seven projects will be re-evaluated in April 2019 in the form of a project presentation, with up to one team being granted a funding renewal from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Qualcomm Research is a division of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.


More Info?

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

  • Call for Proposal opens: January 15, 2018
  • Proposal submission deadline: March 14, 2018 (23:59h India time)
  • Proposal presentation by selected ideas (Venue: TBA): Week of April 23, 2018
  • Winning team announcements: Week of April 30, 2018
  • QInF India Day : Week of May 14, 2018
  • Project presentations (Venue: TBA): April 2019
  • Funding renewal announcement: May 2019

* Dates subject to change

Team Composition

Can students from different advisors or departments form a team?

Yes. As long as both students meet the criteria for participation. Note that the students forming the team need to be from the same institute.


Can a student be part of multiple teams? Can a team submit multiple proposals?

Yes. A student may be part of multiple teams and a team may submit multiple proposals. The funds are provided to the winning team’s institute department to be used at the department’s discretion.

Can a team include one student from a QInF institute, and one from a non-QInF eligible institute?

No. The money is awarded as a Fellowship through the eligible institute(s) attended by the winning students

Can the two team members be from different QInF schools?



Can students without advisors participate?

No. The students are required to find faculty advisor/sponsor to recommend the innovation. The faculty recommendations are an important factor in the judging process.

Are newly admitted students eligible to apply for the fellowship?

Yes. Students who begin a Masters (MS / M.Tech.) or PhD program in the Fall semester of a Fellowship academic year are eligible to apply for a fellowship for that academic year. For example: a student entering a PhD program in the Fall 2018 semester may apply for a fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year referred to as “QInF India 2018.” The advisor's recommendation should mention that the student has been admitted for the upcoming Fall semester. The second student member in the team, if enrolled in under-graduate or dual-degree (M.Tech./MS + B.Tech) program, must be entering his/her final year for the 2018-19 academic year.  The advisor's recommendation should mention that the student will be graduating from his or her program at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 academic year.

When do I have to be enrolled to be eligible to apply?

You do not have to be enrolled at the time that you apply for a Fellowship, but winners must be enrolled for the entire QInF 2018 Fellowship academic year.

I am graduating soon, am I still eligible?

Students are eligible if they are enrolled for the entire QInF 2018 Fellowship academic year. Therefore, students who intend to graduate prior to the conclusion of the QInF 2018 Fellowship academic year are not eligible.

Can previous QInF applicants apply again?

Of course! In fact, we encourage former applicants to submit new proposals, or update their original proposals and resubmit them using the current proposal guidelines.


Is there an "award quota" for institutes or regions?

No. This is an open contest between all eligible schools. It is possible that two or more teams from one school may each win a fellowship.

What if the applicant also receives a non-QInF fellowship?

Winning a non-QInF fellowship does not preclude the student from being awarded the title of QInF Fellowship winner nor their department from receiving the associated funds.

Do funds expire after 1 year?

No, the department can roll the awarded funds over to the next year. Each winner’s department is allowed complete flexibility on how to use the funds.

How many Fellowships will be awarded?

QInF Fellowships will be awarded to seven winning teams.

What will Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. provide to Fellowship winners in addition to the financial awards?

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. will also make the following benefits reasonably available to QInF winners during the QInF 2018 Fellowship academic year:

  • A mentor for each winning team
  • Opportunities to regularly interact with researchers in Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
  • Travel arrangements to a Sponsor facility(ies) for select QInF events

Proposal Process

Is there a template available for the proposal?

Yes. The template is available on the website for download. The proposal must fit onto three pages (as suggested in the template) with an optional fourth page for bibliography/references.

What is the proposal submission requirements?

The submission includes the following documents: proposal, student CVs, letter(s) of recommendation, and signed agreement form. The documents must be submitted through the online submission portal (link available from the QInF India 2018 website) before March 14, 2018, for consideration in this QINF India 2018 program. For the agreement form, download the official rules and sign at the marked location in the rules document thus agreeing to the competition rules.

Are proposals for projects that are aligned with Qualcomm’s business interests favored?

We hope that the Fellowship applications will introduce us to new areas of research. As such, we encourage proposals in both new areas that are not yet aligned with Qualcomm’s business interests and areas that are so aligned and do not favor one category over the other.

Can I use ideas related to my thesis work (or on-going research work) to form a proposal application?

The Masters or PhD entrants from each team may elect to choose ideas from their on-going or planned research and/or thesis projects in accordance with their university policies.

What is the judging process?

The final winners are selected via a two-step process: (i) reviewers from Qualcomm Research select a list of finalists based on their applications; and (ii) after all of the finalists have presented their proposals, the judging panel selects the winners.

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: