QIF 2021 North America

2021 QIF North America Program Details

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 innovationexecution and teamwork. Our goal is to enable students to pursue their futuristic innovative ideas.

Application Process
Areas of Interest
Participating Universities


Each team should submit an application by the specified deadline (see Timeline tab) that must include:

1. One page abstract of innovation proposal

2. Letter from one or two faculty members recommending the innovation
a. Why the proposal is innovative
b. Why the proposal is important
c. Why the current team is likely to succeed in their proposal

3. Each student's CV

4. Signed copy of QIF rules (both students)



The submission portal will open two weeks before the deadline.



Selected teams will be notified directly to participate in the next phase by submitting a final proposal that must include a Three-page innovation proposal (plus one for reference/bibliography) including:

a. Introduction and problem definition

b. Innovation proposal and relation to the state of the art

c. One-year horizon of the project, even if the proposal is a multi-year project

d. Strength of the team to achieve the proposal milestones


Please upload your proposal in zip format to the QIF submission portal for updates by the specified deadline. Use your access code received in the confirmation email when you submitted your abstract.



Finalist teams will be selected to participate in the final presentation phase of the Program. Each finalist team must prepare a presentation slide deck 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 team

Each Finalist team must also prepare a poster for a poster session to be presented to the judges.

Winning teams will be chosen from these finalists after they present to the judging panel.



• Applications must be submitted online by the specified deadline (see Timeline tab). All proposals and presentations will be reviewed internally by a team of Qualcomm researchers.

• The official rules for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship are available for download and set forth the Program’s governing guidelines.

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

Qualcomm Research is a division of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.


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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:

Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship Finalists' Day

Oct 19, 2020


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