Inspire Fellowship for Doctoral Programme in Science and Technology

Inspire Fellowship for Doctoral Programme in Science and Technology

This is part of the Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC). This scheme is aimed at talented students to pursue doctoral degree.

Subject areas: Basic and applied sciences including engineering, medicine, agriculture, veterinary, pharmacy etc. after either masters’ degree in science or bachelor/ masters’ degree in engineering/ applied sciences.

Tenable at: Inspire Fellowship for Doctoral Programme in Science and Technology are tenable at any recognized university in india.


1. Applicants should be Indian Citizens.

2. Candidates should have acquired the required qualifications necessary for admission to the PhD program only during the last year or current year.

3. INSPIRE Scholars having secured minimum 65% marks in aggregate at M.Sc. or Integrated M.S./ M.Sc.

4. 1st Rank Holder in each Post-Graduate (PG) level examinations in Basic/ Applied Sciences including Engineering Sciences, Medical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Agricultural sciences and Veterinary Sciences at the University and academic Institutions. (Rank Holders of Colleges including Autonomous Colleges are not eligible to apply for the scheme).

5. 1st Rank Holders at the Graduate Level Examination in Engineering Sciences and other Professional courses conducted by a University or Institution in India.

6. The applicants should be eligible for admission to a research programme leading to Ph.D. in any Indian University/ National Institute/ National Laboratories in India.

Number of fellowships: 1000 INSPIRE Fellowships are awarded each year to eligible students.

Tenure: Inspire Fellowship is tenable for a maximum period of five years, subject to the completion of their PhD degree, whichever is earlier. Continuation of the Fellowship for once selected candidates is based on satisfactory performance certified by the institution as per as per rules governing the Fellowship.

Value: Value of the Fellowship is equivalent to NET/ GATE fellowship (Junior Research Fellowship / Senior Research Fellowship) and research grant to the candidate.

Selection procedure: Selection for INSPIRE Fellowship is purely on the basis of academic merit, choice of the Supervisor, Host Institutions and the Research Proposal. Eligible candidates must apply in the prescribed A4 size format along with documents as listed in the Annexure 1 to 4. Applications should be sent by Post only and shall be addressed to: Head, INSPIRE Program, Department of Science & Technology, Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi – 110 016.

Further information: Can be obtained from the INSPIRE website.

INSPIRE Scholarships – School Level

INSPIRE Scholarships – School Level

INSPIRE Scholarships are awarded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. In order to popularise science education and let students experience the joy of innovation, every year two lakh school children in the age-group of 10 to 15 years i.e., 6th to 10th standards are being identified for the INSPIRE Award. Each INSPIRE Award envisions an investment of Rs.5,000/- per child. The scheme plans to reach at least two students per secondary school during the next five years.

Level: The scholarships are awarded to Middle and Secondary level school students.

Value: The school level the scholarships are awarded under two categories. From standard 6 to standard 10. Each student will get an amount of Rs 5000 for making a Project and transportation cost for displaying the exhibits/ project in the exhibition. Award money will be released directly to the Awardees by an arrangement with SBI.

Selection process: There is no qualifying examination for identifying suitable candidates. Names of the Students will be nominated by the Principal/Headmaster/Headmistress. The concerned State will provide the list of all Middle & Secondary level Schools. The scheme covers Government, Government aided and Private schools all over India. Names of one selected student each from Classes 6th, 7th and 8th in one Group and 9th and 10th in another Group of each School with an indication of preferred student name from each Group, will be provided by the Headmaster/Headmistress/Principal of each School through the respective State Education department.

State Education Department will exercise their convenient method of selection of students from each school in the State. Both academic records of the student and exhibition/project done by the student will be considered in the selection process. Criteria used by the State for the selection will be a transparent one and will be shared with the Department of Science and Technology.

The cost of organizing the Exhibitions at the District & State Level will be borne by the Department of Science and Technology.

The aim of the Department is to distribute one million awards in five years spread across 5 lakhs Middle and Secondary level schools in the country.

Further details: may be obtained from the Headmaster/Headmistress/Principal of each school

INSPIRE Science Camp

For attending INSPIRE Science Camp, the student need not pay any money either to the school or the organizer. Expenditures towards travel (to and from), accommodation, food etc., for all students attending science camps are taken care of by DST-INSPIRE programme through respective camp organizers. The camp is totally free of cost for the student.

Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE)” is an innovative programme sponsored and managed by the Department of Science & Technology for attracting young talent to Science. The basic objective of INSPIRE is to communicate to the youth of the country the excitements of creative pursuit of science, attract talent to the study of science at an early age and thus build a human resource pool for strengthening and expanding the Science & Technology system and R & D base of the country.